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PSYC 3020
Dan Yarmey

Unit 3: Course Reader: Changing Personalities of Police Officers - 25 police officers were evaluated at or shortly after recruitment and again 2 years later - 11 followed up with 4 years later - MMPI Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory scores showed significant changes over time, suggesting: o Increasing somatic symptoms o Anxiety o Alcohol vulnerability  Increased vulnerability to alcohol abuse was strongest finding  By 4 year of service, mean MacAndrews Alcoholism Scale scores were within critical range - Highly stressful and unique work - Need to select police who are well adjusted and have good coping skills - Expose selves to danger daily - Comply with superior demands even when disagreeable - Withstand angry efforts of offenders to control them - Balance contradictory roles while maintaining high degree of interpersonal sensitivity - need unusual skills - need emotional strengths - coping ability - increase in use of psych assessments and screenings - personal adjustment affected o see this in alcoholism and suicide rates that exceed the rates of the general population - the MMPI personality assessment is used most frequently in police selection - predicts police officer performance and retention - predicts use of force and success - positive correlation between a candidates MMP!
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