Master of Education (MEd)
First Committee Member
L. Jean Henry
Number of Pages
Coronary heart disease has consistently been shown to be the leading cause of fatalities among professional firefighters. Chronic psychosocial stressors, particularly occupational stress, have been investigated in relation to cardiovascular disease and associated risk factors. Epidemiologic evidence suggests that the elevated occupational prevalence of adverse health outcomes among fire service personnel is due to their work-related stressors. Fire academy instructors have the responsibility of improving the minds and bodies of recruits; therefore, this research evaluated the self-perceived general well-being and distress among firefighter recruits in the southwestern United States. The results were used to assess the need for stress management education during the firefighter academy. Rather than treating firefighters for stress-related health outcomes well into their career, addressing the stress-related risk factors associated with cardiovascular disease during the academy may go a long way in improving the overall health and well-being among fire service personnel.
Academy; Being; Distress; Firefighter; General; Impact; Recruits; Well
Health education; Vocational education
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
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Demos, Alyssa Maria, "Impact of the firefighter academy on recruits' general well-being and distress" (2008). UNLV Retrospective Theses & Dissertations. 2285.