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An examination of the “job suitability snapshot” on the Personality Assessment Inventory and the California Psychological Inventory Law Enforcement, Corrections, and Public Safety Selection Report, and its usefulness in predicting “fitness for duty”


2004 2004

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Abstract (summary)

The use of personality tests as screening or fitness devices, especially in high-risk or sensitive jobs such as police officer has been increasing in importance during the past several years. The psychological Fitness For Duty (FFD) exam can be a very useful tool for public safety administrators who must deal with problematic personnel. This study investigated the correlation between subject variables and PAI and CPI “job suitability” scores on the Law Enforcement, Corrections and Public Safety Report that might assist in defining subject variables and PAI and CPI scores for incumbent officers referred for fitness for duty testing. The results will provide a better understanding of the ability of the PAI and CPI “job suitability” scores in the Law Enforcement, Corrections, and Public Safety Selection Report to correlate with subject variables of referred incumbent police officers and will help psychologists, assessors, and counselors to better understand the relation between those variables. This study was carried out to assess the validity of the Personality Assessment Inventory (PAI) and California Personality Inventory (CPI) Law Enforcement, Corrections, and Public Safety Selection Reports as predictors of police officer fitness for duty. In general, the results of this study indicate that the PAI Law Enforcement, Corrections and Public Safety report and the CPI Law Enforcement, Corrections and Public Safety Report do an equal job of determining an officer's fitness for duty. Because the PAI and CPI Law Enforcement, Corrections and Public Safety Report do an equal job of predicting fitness for duty it is suggested to alternate the administration of the PAI and CPI so that test-retest reliability is not in question. The results from this study also suggest that it is difficult to separate alcohol use concerns, illegal drug use concerns and substance use proclivity. The importance of being able to differentiate between alcohol use and drug use lies in treatment planning for incumbents presenting with these issues. Therefore, given the results reported in this study, recommendations are offered to address this issue. Suggestions for future research are also addressed.

Indexing (details)


Subject
Personality;
Psychological tests
Classification
0625: Personality
0632: Psychological tests
Identifier / keyword
Psychology; California Psychological Inventory; Fitness for duty; Law Enforcement, Corrections, and Public Safety Selection Report; Personality Assessment Inventory
Title
An examination of the “job suitability snapshot” on the Personality Assessment Inventory and the California Psychological Inventory Law Enforcement, Corrections, and Public Safety Selection Report, and its usefulness in predicting “fitness for duty”
Author
Kostman, Sherry S.
Number of pages
141
Publication year
2004
Degree date
2004
School code
1143
Source
DAI-B 65/09, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9780496082575, 0496082574
Advisor
Baker, Robert
University/institution
Adler School of Professional Psychology
University location
United States -- Illinois
Degree
Psy.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3148991
ProQuest document ID
305041018
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/305041018
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