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The MMPI-2 and statisfactory police academy performance: Differences and correlations

Authors
  • Rostow, Cary D.1
  • Davis, Robert D.1
  • Pinkston, James B.1
  • Cowick, Leah M.1
  • 1 Matrix, Inc., 740 Colonial, Baton Rouge, LA, 70806 , Baton Rouge
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of Police and Criminal Psychology
Publisher
Springer US
Publication Date
Jun 01, 1999
Volume
14
Issue
2
Pages
35–39
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1007/BF02830067
Source
Springer Nature
Keywords
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Abstract

The Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI) and its later revision (MMPI-2) have been the most frequently employed psychological instrument in the selection of law enforcement officers (Bartol, 1996). In this study, state police trooper cadets were given a broad number of measures including the MMPI-2 prior to academy admission. Their performance at the police academy was then analyzed and related to their performance on the MMPI-2. Using step-wise multiple linear regression. Hy3 and Sc4 scores produced significant negative correlation’s with academy final grade point average. Student’s unpaired 1-tests between successful and unsuccessful cadets revealed differences between the groups for several MMPI-2 subscales including, but not limited to, K, MA, and SI, Lastly, logistic regression revealed no single subscale, or combination of subscales, which significantly predicted classification of the cadets as either successful or unsuccessful based on their MMPI-2 scores alone.

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