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Personality of South African police trainees
Department of psychology, Pretoria University, South Africa.
Department of psychology, Pretoria University, South Africa.
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work.
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Basic training programme for Police Officers.
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2009 (English)In: Psychological Reports, ISSN 0033-2941, E-ISSN 1558-691X, ISSN 0033-2941, Vol. 105, no 2, 539-553 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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There have been efforts to identify a "police personality" based on dispositional and socialization models. Personality traits of successful police applicants at the Police College in Pretoria, South Africa (N=1,145 police trainees), with regard to sex, ethnic group, and English language reading skills, were described in terms of scores on the Temperament and Character Inventory. South African police trainees generally evaluated themselves as substantially lower in Novelty Seeking and Harm Avoidance combined with lower Cooperativeness, but they scored much higher on SeIf-Directedness, Persistence, and Self-Transcendence compared to South African university students from the same area. These are characteristics expected from future police officers, which supports the dispositional model.

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Missoula, MT, USA: Ammons Scientific , 2009. Vol. 105, no 2, 539-553 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-60457DOI: 10.2466/PR0.105.2.539-553OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-60457DiVA: diva2:560422
Available from: 2012-10-14 Created: 2012-10-14 Last updated: 2017-12-07Bibliographically approved

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