Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Predicting Future Risk of Liability in Police Officer Candidates Using M-PULSE Inventory™
by Foreman, Mark E., Psy.D., Alliant International University, 2014, 109; 3612238
Abstract (Summary)

The Matrix Predictive Uniform Law Enforcement Inventory (M-PULSE ™) is a self-report, actuarial instrument used to predict job performance and liability risk, as well as assist law enforcement agencies in selecting qualified candidates. This study examined whether there is a statistically significant difference between two clusters of candidates' Empirical Scales scores as they relate to applicants' mean scale score differences on the M-Pulse™ liability scales. This study was conducted in an effort to confirm predictive and ecological validity and used archived data from a proprietary database retained by MHS, Inc. This data consisted of 1,000 randomly selected individuals from a normalized database of 5,000 individuals who had previously completed the M-PULSE ™ and were subsequently hired by a law enforcement agency. A series of independent-samples t-tests were conducted to compare each of the M-Pulse ™ liability scales scores of law enforcement applicants in each cluster. Post hoc Bonferroni correction resulted in &agr; ≤ .003. Statistically significant differences were found in Potential for Resignation when comparing scores for Cluster 1 (M = 49.49, SD = 9.85) and Cluster 2 (M = 51.85, SD = 10.97); t(998) = -3.545, p < .003; d = .226 and in Potential for Termination: Cluster 1 (M = 49.05, SD = 9.48) and Cluster 2 ( M = 52.14, SD = 10.57); t(998) = -4.833, p < .003; d = .308. This study suggests the M-PULSE ™ can tease out candidates who show a propensity to prematurely resign or be terminated. Predicting foreseeable liability risks helps law enforcement agencies manage ecological issues that affect officers.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Leark, Robert
Commitee: Lipson, Glenn, Turner, James
School: Alliant International University
Department: San Diego, CSFS
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-B 75/06(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Occupational psychology, Organizational behavior
Keywords: Job performance, Law enforcement, Liability, M-PULSE, Police, Selection
Publication Number: 3612238
ISBN: 9781303735936
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