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IJHSR. 2014; 4(4): 133-145

Hair Disorders and Health Discourse of Black Police Women: A New Public Health Challenge in the 21st Century.

Paul Andrew Bourne, Charlene Sharpe-Pryce, Ikhalfani Solan, Cynthia Francis, Jannine Campbell-Smith, Angela Hudson-Davis, Olive Watson-Coleman.

Background: Police are expected to subscribe to professionalism; yet no study has ever been done that examined their quality of life, hair dysfunction, self-esteem and evaluate the extent of their hair disorders as well as examine the correlation of hair disorders.
Objectives: The current study seeks to determine the extent of hair disorders among women in the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF); examine perceived stress, self esteem and quality of life of policewomen in the JCF, hair disorders, and evaluate the correlation between self-esteem, stress, wellbeing, socio-demographic characteristics, perceived value of hairstyle, policy on hairstyle, hair quality and hair dysfunction.
Materials and Method: Stratified random sampling was employed of the eight Divisions (or Areas) in the Jamaica Constabulary Force and Other Sections therein. The computed sample size was 44 police women for each Area and 48 from the Other Divisions, and this was based on equal proportion across the Areas. The sampled officers represent 12.6 percentage points of the 3,180 policewomen in Jamaica.
Results: Six in every 10 policewomen indicated that they have a hair dysfunction. On average, a policewoman with hair disorder has lower psychological wellbeing (6.91 2.223; 95% CI: 6.60-7.21) compared to those who do not have hair disorders (7.49 1.861; 95%CI: 7.17-7.80) - t-test = -2.608, P = 0.010).
Conclusion: Hair disorders must be assessed as a health issue and be included among the concerns of public health and policies are needed in this regards.

Key words: Hair; hair disorders; health discourse; quality of life, police women

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