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NCJ Number: 31839 Find in a Library
Title: LONGITUDINAL STUDY OF ATTITUDE SHIFTS AMONG BLACK AND WHITE POLICE OFFICERS
Journal: JOURNAL OF SOCIAL ISSUES  Volume:31  Issue:1  Dated:(WINTER 1975)  Pages:47-56
Author(s): J E TEAHAN
Corporate Author: Soc for the Psychological Study of Social Issues
United States of America
Date Published: 1975
Page Count: 10
Sponsoring Agency: Soc for the Psychological Study of Social Issues
Ann Arbor, MI 48106
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: THIS STUDY ANALYZED AND COMPARED THE ATTITUDES AND VALUES OF 97 WHITE AND 24 BLACK POLICE OFFICERS AT THREE STATES: ENTRANCE INTO THE POLICE ACADEMY, GRADUATION THIRTEEN WEEKS LATER AND EIGHTEEN MONTHS AFTER GRADUATION.
Abstract: RADICAL INCREASES IN RACIAL ANIMOSITY BETWEEN WHITE AND BLACK OFFICERS WERE FOUND FROM THE TIME OF ENTERING THE ACADEMY UNTIL EIGHTEEN MONTHS LATER. ALL OFFICERS SEEMED TO BECOME MORE HEDONISTIC, IMPERSONAL, AND DETACHED, AND TO DEVELOP FEELINGS OF HOSTILITY TOWARD AUTHORITY FIGURES. AS BLACK OFFICERS PROGRESSED THROUGH THE ACADEMY AND ON INTO REGULAR POLICE WORK, THE RESULTS SHOWED THAT THEY BECAME INCREASINGLY NEGATIVE TOWARD WHITES AND DISILLUSIONED WITH THE DEPARTMENT; THEY BEGAN TO SHIFT IN THE DIRECTION OF A GREATER SENSE OF BLACK UNITY AND POLARITY AGAINST WHITES. WHILE BLACKS SAW GREATER PREFERENCE BEING GIVEN TO WHITES, WHITE OFFICERS PERCEIVED THE CONVERSE WITH THE RESULT THAT THEY BECAME ALSO MORE ETHNOCENTRIC AND POLARIZED. LITTLE EVIDENCE WAS FOUND TO INDICATE THAT A POLICE EXPERIENCE MOLDS MEN TO FEEL A GREATER SENSE OF SOCIAL CONCERN, OR THAT IT MOTIVATES THEM TO IMPROVE RELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN RACES. (AUTHOR ABSTRACT)
Index Term(s): Alienation; Black/African Americans; Caucasian/White Americans; Comparative analysis; Data collections; Hostility; Police attitudes; Police personnel; Race relations; Research; Resentment; Role perception; Work attitudes
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