John Littlewolf, Ph.D. is a 2020 graduate of the PHD Program in Leadership and Change at Antioch University.
Dr. Littlewolf at his Dissertation Defense.
L-R: Dr. Elizabeth Holloway, Committee Member, Dr. Donna Ladkin, Committee Chair, Dr. Carolyn Porta, Committee Member
- Donna Ladkin, Ph.D., Committee Chair
- Elizabeth Holloway, Ph.D., Committee Member
- Carolyn Porta, Ph.D., Committee Member
We call on police officers to respond to all of society’s tragedies. Whether in our metropolitan areas or our rural communities, law enforcement will respond when called upon. The culture of law enforcement is laden with traits of masculinity. These cultural traits can inhibit the processing of traumatic experiences in the individual. While the nature of law enforcement has remained the same, our scientific knowledge regarding trauma has grown. Trauma has a biological impact which can manifest as stress symptomology or PTSD. Our systematic response to trauma in law enforcement has not kept pace with the body of knowledge on trauma. This narrative study highlights the intersection of trauma, law enforcement culture, and solutions in rural Minnesota. Ten dedicated public servants provide their in-depth experience on the problem. The findings support the literature on police officer trauma and law enforcement culture found in larger agencies. The findings show the support structures in place for rural officers, the areas where we can improve, and where we can direct resources. A profound finding is the current practice of deploying outdated interventions (psychological debriefing) that have been shown to be therapeutically ineffective and potentially harmful. As a current law enforcement officer and researcher, this is an insider-study. This dissertation contains graphic depictions of police work. If you are sensitive to trauma, or have had past trauma, this dissertation may be a traumatic trigger for you. This dissertation is available in open access at AURA: Antioch University Repository and Archive, http://aura.antioch.edu/and OhioLINK ETD Center, https://etd.ohiolink.edu/
Littlewolf, J. J. (2020). Police Officer Trauma in Rural Minnesota: A Narrative Study. https://aura.antioch.edu/etds/539