Date of Award
Doctoral Research Paper
Graduate School of Professional Psychology
Mark Aoyagi, Ph.D.
Jamie Brower, Psy.D, ABPP
Tracy Vozar, Ph.D., IMH-E ® (IV-R)
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, BJJl, Law enforcement, PTSD
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Law enforcement officers (LEO) are more likely to experience symptoms of PTSD when compared to the general population yet are less likely to seek mental health treatment (Jetelina et al., 2020). Given that LEO face unique occupational stressors and repeated exposure to traumatic events, treatment for PTSD among law enforcement populations poses unique challenges for clinicians. The combination of these variables precludes officers from seeking and receiving mental health services. Research regarding the efficacy of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) as a psychotherapeutic intervention is limited. To date, no studies have examined the use of BJJ to mitigate symptoms of PTSD among LEO.
Through an extensive review of existing literature, this article takes a theoretical stance, advocating for further research into the possible psychotherapeutic benefits of BJJ for addressing symptoms of PTSD among LEOs. Based on existing literature, BJJ appears well suited to mitigate PTSD symptomology by facilitating increased self-regulation and fostering resiliency.
Rinderer, Megan, "Can Brazilian Jiu Jitsu be a Viable Treatment Option for Law Enforcement Officers with PTSD?" (2022). Graduate School of Professional Psychology: Doctoral Papers and Masters Projects. 463.
Theoretical Analysis and Synthesis