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Measuring perspective taking among police recruits: A comparison of self-reported and objective measures
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Police Education Unit at Umeå University.
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of applied educational science, Departement of Educational Measurement.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4625-4853
2019 (English)In: Policing: an international Journal of Police Strategies and Managment, ISSN 1363-951X, E-ISSN 1758-695XArticle in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

Purpose

Perspective taking (PT), as part of the empathy concept, is an important ability in the police profession. It is important to understand how PT can be measured, but also whether it changes over time. The purpose of this paper is to compare the outcomes of three different measures of PT, and to see whether police students’ PT changes at different stages of their education.

Design/methodology/approach

Three measures, one self-reported and two objective tests, were administered to Swedish National Police recruits at three distinct stages of their police training. The outcomes of the measures were psychometrically analyzed, after which associations between measures and between-group differences were assessed.

Findings

The result showed that the measures provided results that were in line with what had been reported in earlier studies. There were no significant correlations between the total scores of the three measures, yet students who graded their abilities higher on the subjective instrument did perform better on one of the objective tests. The findings also showed that recruits in later parts of their training self-reported significantly lower PT values than recruits at the beginning of their training.

Originality/value

This study adds knowledge on the ability of different types of instruments to measure PT and how this construct may develop over time among police recruits.

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2019.
Keywords [en]
Perspective taking, Theory of mind, Police recruits
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Social Sciences
Research subject
didactics of educational measurement
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-157059DOI: 10.1108/PIJPSM-09-2018-0129OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-157059DiVA, id: diva2:1294272
Available from: 2019-03-06 Created: 2019-03-06 Last updated: 2019-04-05

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