Date of Award
Master of Arts
Marital and Family Therapy
School or College
College of Communication and Fine Arts
Joyce Green, Ph.D., MFT, ATR-BC
Empathy within law enforcement has not been examined in the art therapy literature. This qualitative study provides insight into how empathy is perceived and experienced by retired law enforcement officers in San Diego, CA. Fourteen participants responded to a brief questionnaire, created an art piece and a written response about how empathy is experienced within law enforcement. The results illuminated common themes within the art and written responses including interactions, witnessing of a traumatic situation, intersection of roles within law enforcement, understanding of feelings, and communication. Future research in this area is recommended to also include current officers as well as retired law enforcement officers in order to attain a broader scope of data.
Timmons, BriAnne and Williams, Isabella, "The Experience of Empathy Within Law Enforcement: An Art Exploration" (2019). LMU/LLS Theses and Dissertations. 777.