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NCJ Number: 219834 Find in a Library
Title: Impact of Psychological Profiling of Australian Correctional Officers
Journal: Corrections Compendium  Volume:32  Issue:4  Dated:July/August 2007  Pages:1-4,6
Author(s): Jonathan Lough; Elise Wald; Kenneth B yrne; Gordon Walker
Date Published: July 2007
Page Count: 5
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article examines an Australian study investigating the effect of psychological screening on objective performance measures among correctional officer applicants who had been hired.
Abstract: Study findings support the notion that psychological screening is an effective selection tool for correctional organizations. During the first 2 years of service, the Australian Institute of Forensic Psychology (AIFP) group took significantly less sick leave than the pre-group. A difference was also found in the third year, however not statistically significant. The 3 years worth of differences strongly contribute to, and are primarily responsible for, the overall 4-year difference between the two groups. The differences between the two groups narrowed noticeably at the fourth year of employment. The financial benefits of lower dropout rates and reduced sick days are compelling. Correctional work is a highly stressful occupation that can impact the health of correctional officers. Coping with stress is an important quality in a correctional officer. Pre-employment psychological testing has become sophisticated during the past decade with research showing the tests to be reliable and valid predictors of job performance. This article examines a study of pre-employment psychological profiling of Australian correctional officers performed with the Australian Institute of Forensic Psychology’s (AIFP) Public Safety Psychological Profiling System. Sick leave and attrition were compared between two groups of employees. The pre-group was a sample of correctional officers hired without psychological profiling, while the AIFP group only contained applicants who were judged to be psychologically suitable for correctional work. Table, figure, references
Main Term(s): Correctional personnel recruitment
Index Term(s): Australia; Correctional Officers; Correctional personnel; Corrections personnel selection; Female correctional guards; Personality assessment; Personnel evaluation; Personnel retention; Psychological evaluation
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