Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)

First Advisor

Houston Thompson

Second Advisor

Leon M. Blanchette

Third Advisor

Houston Thompson

Scholarship Domain(s)

Scholarship of Discovery


Law enforcement has been recognized as a stressful occupation related to deleterious physical and psychosocial outcomes in police officers' lives. Spirituality interrelates with every dimension of human functioning and has demonstrated a significant relationship to physical and mental health. This study was concerned with the implication of these conclusions, and addressed a gap in literature that has neglected to bridge these realizations due to limited assessment of spirituality in police officers. Measures of spirituality and police stress in a sample of police officers were collected utilizing two test instruments, and analyzed to determine the relationship. The results indicated a moderate, positive spirituality and average experience of stress in the sample, with several significant, positive relationships between measures.


Ed.D. dissertation completed in 2011 for Olivet Nazarene University.