Predicting turnover of police officers using the sixteen personality factor questionnaire

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Title Predicting turnover of police officers using the sixteen personality factor questionnaire
Author Drew, Jacqueline Mary; Carless, Sally A; Thompson, Briony
Journal Name Journal of Criminal Justice
Year Published 2008
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher Pergamon
Abstract This study examined the relationship between personality characteristics assessed by the sixteen personality factor questionnaire (16PF) and turnover. The sample consisted of 280 police officers who voluntarily terminated their employment during an eight-year period and 280 officers who remained employed in the police force. A limited number of personality characteristics were found to predict turnover. These were Factor C: affected by feelings versus emotionally stable, Factor I: tough-minded versus tender-minded, and Factor H: shy versus venturesome. Contrary to expectation, two conscientiousness scales (Factor O: placid versus apprehension, and Factor Q4: relaxed versus tense) and two emotional stability scales (Factor O: placid versus apprehension, and Factor Q4: relaxed versus tense) were unrelated to turnover. The authors also explored the existence of differential validity based on gender; no evidence of this was found.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jcrimjus.2008.06.003
Volume 36
Page from 326
Page to 331
ISSN 0047-2352
Date Accessioned 2008-08-26
Language en_US
Research Centre ARC Centre of Excellence in Policing and Security
Faculty Arts, Education and Law
Subject PRE2009-Personality, Abilities and Assessment; PRE2009-Police Administration, Procedures and Practice
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/23025
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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