Acceptable vs. marginal police officers' psychological ratings : a longitudinal comparison of job performance
Doctor of Education (EdD)
Adult Education and Human Resource Development
First Advisor's Name
Douglas H. Smith
First Advisor's Committee Title
Second Advisor's Name
Lorraine R. Gay
Third Advisor's Name
Jo D. Gallaghe
Fourth Advisor's Name
Herman W. Dorsett
Date of Defense
Archival research was conducted on the inception of preemployment psychological testing, as part of the background screening process, to select police officers for a local police department. Various issues and incidents were analyzed to help explain why this police department progressed from an abbreviated version of a psychological battery, to a much more sophisticated and comprehensive set of instruments. While doubts about psychological exams do exist, research has shown that many are valid and reliable in predicting job performance of police candidates. During a three year period, a police department hired 162 candidates (133 males and 29 females) who received "acceptable" psychological ratings and 71 candidates (58 males and 13 females) who received "marginal" psychological ratings. A document analysis consisted of variables that have been identified as job performance indicators which police psychological testing tries to predict, and "screen in" or "screen out" appropriate applicants. The areas of focus comprised the 6-month police academy, the 4-month Field Training Officer (FTO) Program, the remaining probationary period, and yearly performance up to five years of employment. Specific job performance variables were the final academy grade average, supervisors' evaluation ratings, reprimands, commendations, awards, citizen complaints, time losses, sick time usage, reassignments, promotions, and separations. A causal-comparative research design was used to determine if there were significant statistical differences in these job performance variables between police officers with "acceptable" psychological ratings and police officers with "marginal" psychological ratings. The results of multivariate analyses of variance, t-tests, and chi-square procedures as applicable, showed no significant differences between the two groups on any of the job performance variables.
Brown, Gwendolyn V., "Acceptable vs. marginal police officers' psychological ratings : a longitudinal comparison of job performance" (1982). FIU Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 1873.
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