Original Research

The personality profile of police recruits who are high on anxiety

Burgert van Jaarsveld, Johann M. Schepers
SA Journal of Human Resource Management | Vol 5, No 2 | a119 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/sajhrm.v5i2.119 | © 2007 Burgert van Jaarsveld, Johann M. Schepers | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 21 February 2007 | Published: 28 February 2007

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Burgert van Jaarsveld, University of Johannesburg, South Africa
Johann M. Schepers, University of Johannesburg, South Africa

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Abstract

The principal objective of the study was to determine the personality profile of police recruits who are high on anxiety. A secondary objective was to determine whether there are gender and ethnic differences in the levels of anxiety of those police recruits. To investigate the stated objectives the NEO Personality Inventory, Locus of Control Inventory and the IPAT Anxiety Scale were applied to 487 police recruits. Complete records were obtained for 259 participants. In comparing the personality profiles of participants who are high on anxiety and those who are low, it turned out that the biggest differences were in respect of Neuroticism, External Locus of Control and Agreeableness.

Keywords

Personality profile; neuroticism; external control; agreeableness; anxiety; post traumatic stress-disorder; logistic regression

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