“Stowe’s work has been great because it has allowed us to get on to it really quickly,” says Iain, who as an organisational psychologist in Police worked with Stowe during her research.
“The best way to influence the outcome for partners is to let them know it’s normal to experience transferred stress.
“Partners need to set ground rules about how much they want to hear about work, and how they manage work-life balance – things like leaving the phone at work and not answering emails at weekends.
"Partners are critical in the wellbeing of our frontline.”
The session is based on a ‘self-care’ presentation given to recruits, which includes stress management. Partners are told they can seek help from the Employee Assistance Programme (EAP), Early Intervention or their local welfare officer – and this applies at any stage of an officer’s career.
“The understanding that care is available is very important.”
Stowe, a military spouse for 20 years, says Police’s response to her research is fantastic. “Getting research out of academia and into the real world is ideal.”