COVID Stress among Nepal Police Officers

J Nepal Health Res Counc. 2021 Sep 6;19(2):390-395. doi: 10.33314/jnhrc.v19i2.3672.


Background: In Nepal, the stress factor is exacerbated by a large number of police officers working away from home with less family contact, a hectic work schedule in a pandemic situation, companions suffering from illness and updates on additional cases with rising mortality rates, and a lack of access to Personal Protection Equipment. The main aim of this study was to identify the prevalence of COVID stress among Nepal police officers working during pandemic.

Methods: We conducted a cross-sectional study among police officers (n=1526) working during pandemic in Province X Nepal. Semi-structured questionnaire was administered using google form. COVID Stress Scale -36 (CSS-36) was used to assess the stress in officers. Data collection was done after obtaining ethical approval. Data cleaning was done using a python script and then was exported to Ms. Excel for graph analysis.

Results: The highest percentage was seen in the xenophobia subscale (24.63%), followed by contamination (20.10 %) and compulsive checking (19.21%). Comparing socio-demographic variables, 18-27 aged groups including male officers and unmarried groups had experienced high COVID stress.

Conclusions: Most of the officers feared from the foreigners perceiving them the main source of COVID-19. Fears about getting contaminated related to COVID-19 was also seen high. There is a need to assess psychological issues and provide social support to police officers during this pandemic situation.

Keywords: COVID-19; police officer; stress; Nepal..

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • COVID-19*
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Nepal / epidemiology
  • Police*
  • SARS-CoV-2