Course Details

Course TitleIACP 2018 - The Perils of Overcontrolled Behavior in Police Officer Recruits
Date 10/6/2018
ProviderIACP - PPSS
Credit Hours1
Instructor(s)David Corey, Yossef Ben-Porath, Martin Sellborn
Method of InstructionWorkshop/Seminar
Approving AgencyAPA
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Course Description

We examined MMPI-2-RF externalizing scale (ES) scores and personal history information (biodata) in 1,226 police officer candidates to assess for evidence of overcontrol. We also examined associations between ES scores and biodata and performance measures in a subset of psychologically qualified and hired officers. We hypothesized and found that overcontrolled behavior, as reflected in low ES scores, is associated with performance problems during training. A history of overcontrolled behavior likely leaves recruits ill-equipped to meet the stressful demands of law enforcement work. We also found that ES scores and biodata augment one another in the prediction of poor performance outcomes associated with overcontrolled behavior.

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