Houston police officer attitudes towards the mentally ill: CIT trained and non-CIT trained
The purpose of this study was to develop a better understanding of police officer attitudes towards the mentally ill and what impact that might have on their behavior. Focused on the effects of Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) training on Houston police officers, this research wanted to determine if CIT training decreases attitudes of authoritarianism and increases attitudes of self-efficacy in dealing with the mentally ill—other factors assessed were age, years of service, ethnicity, and gender. Results confirmed that CIT training had an effect on an officer's attitudes with CIT officers being less authoritarian and having more self-efficacy with respect to dealing with the mentally ill as compared to non-CIT officers. Because of these results, this study could offer support in tailoring training programs to have successful officer-mentally ill person interactions.
Social psychology|Public health
Loch, Sarah Elizabeth, "Houston police officer attitudes towards the mentally ill: CIT trained and non-CIT trained" (2008). Texas Medical Center Dissertations (via ProQuest). AAI1450337.