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Professional responsibilities versus familial responsibilities: An examination of role conflict among first responders during the Hurricane Katrina disaster

Terri Adams, PhD, Mila Turner, MA


In the event of a human-caused or natural disaster, the police are essential front-line first responders. The ability of police departments to provide adequate services is contingent upon critical response personnel working and functioning in an efficient manner. Currently, it is assumed that first responders will continue to work in the event of a disaster, even if they are personally impacted by the disaster to which they are expected to respond. This study examines role conflict among police officers who served as first responders during the Hurricane Katrina disaster.


first responders, disaster, role conflict

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