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Personality and mental health: An investigation of South African police trainees
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Basic training programme for Police Officers.
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work.
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2011 (English)In: Psychological Reports, ISSN 0033-2941, ISSN 0033-2941, Vol. 108, no 1, 301-316 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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The relationship between personality and mental health was investigated in one cohort of police trainees at a South African police academy (1,145 police recruits; 648 men, 497 women). Male trainees reported less somatisation, depression, anxiety, and phobic anxiety symptoms and lower harm avoidance as well as higher persistence than female trainees. A cluster analysis based on the personality scores was used to identify three clusters with personality profiles characterized as Vulnerable, Healthy, and Intermediate profiles. Sociodemographic variables and temperament and character domain scores contributed separately and differentially to the explanation of variance in mental health symptom scores. Selection tools should be developed to identify vulnerable individuals in terms of personality characteristics during selection and prior to training, to prevent later problems with stress reactions. Additional training modules focusing on coping skills could possibly reduce vulnerability to stress in some trainees.

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Missoula, 2011. Vol. 108, no 1, 301-316 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-60450DOI: 10.2466/ diva2:560330
Available from: 2012-10-12 Created: 2012-10-12 Last updated: 2012-10-15Bibliographically approved

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