Personality Traits, Self-Efficacy and Job Performance of Police Officers

Author: Ali Ijaz

Supervisor: Afsheen Masood, Ph.D

Degree: MSc

Year: 2012-2014

University: Institute of Applied Psychology, Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan


The present study investigated the personality traits, self-efficacy and job
performance of police officers. It was hypothesized that there would be
significant relationship between personality traits, self-efficacy and job
performance of police officers. Another hypothesis was that the
personality traits would be the strong predictors of job performance of
police officers. The sample size consisted of (N = 100) police officers
ranking from constables, head constables, assistant sub-inspectors, subinspectors and Station House Officers (SHO), selected from various police
stations of district Shiekhupura and Lahore. The age of the participants
ranged from 18-58 years. All of these participants completed translated
versions of Big Five Personality Questionnaire (Oliver, 1999), generalized
Self-Efficacy Scale (Schwarzer & Jerusalem, 1992) and adapted version of
Job Performance Appraisal (Schraeder, 2007) and Demographic
Questionnaires. Pearson product moment correlation was used to
investigate relationship among various personality traits, self- efficacy and
job performance of police officers. Regression analyses was employed
which showed that among all personality traits, openness proved to be the
strongest predictor of job performance. The findings from the current
research study carry strong implications for formulating organizational
training strategies of police department. The findings can be used to
emphatically predict the specific traits required to train successful police

Keywords: Personality Traits, Self-efficacy, Job Performance.

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