Ballistic-resistant Body Armor: Problems and Coping Strategies

Anna Perry


The purposes of the current study were to investigate 1) body armor problems and consequences of the problems, and 2) wearers’ coping strategies with body armor problems. Thirteen respondents participated in an in-depth interview study. Participants discussed body armor problems (e.g., hotness, not fitting, heaviness, long time of wear, partial protection, and not bulletproof /no pointed-type weapon protection) and consequences of the problems (uncomfortable, mobility issues, pain, fatigue, and stress). Participants used both problem- and emotion-focused coping strategies to deal with body armor problems: they changed things they could, looked for improvement, and psychologically accepted all the body armor problems.

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