Topics: Couples, Family, Mental Health
Being part of public safety, most PSP will find themselves working weekends and holidays at some point. This nonstandard schedule puts the PSP and family out of sync with extended family, friends, and the larger community. In addition to rotating schedules, a requirement of the PSP job may include mandatory overtime and short notice call-ins. These irregular hours of work can interfere with family time, getting together with friends, and participation in the community. The effects of desynchronization impact the PSP, their families, and their social circles.
Consequences of desynchronization
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