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Indian Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology

Volume  14, Issue 3(Special Issue), July - September 2021, Pages 687-690


Review Article

Occupational Stress: A Descriptive Study among Forensic Professionals
Ritika Indoria1, Amarjyoti Nayak2, Rita Sharma3
1-3Assistant Professor Department of Physiotherapy, School of Allied Health Science, Sharda University, Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh 201306, India.
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Stress is not an illness, but it can significantly contribute to an individual’s health and safety at work if it is not addressed. For decades, forensic science has gone on without devoting sufficient attention to the critical function of human cognition in forensic work. However, forensic scientists face a variety of industry specific pressures, including method criticism, exposure to crime scenes or gruesome case facts on a regular basis, financial resources, working in an adversarial court system, and a zero-tolerance policy for “errors”. Thus, stress is an important human factor to mitigate for overall error management, productivity and decision quality (not to mention the well-being of the examiners themselves). According to the researches it has been concluded that forensic experts are facing high level of stress in and during their working hours, which in response hampers the decision making. The present review is undertaken to discuss the level of stress experienced by forensic experts during the course of their field work/Laboratory work.

Corresponding Author : Ritika Indoria