The purpose of the current pilot study was to evaluate the suitability and usefulness of short-form measures of personality (BFI-20) and hardiness (DRS-15-R) for a sample of police students (N = 129). The aim was to investigate: (1) the rudimentary psychometric properties of the instruments used; (2) the covariation between the obtained scores on these instruments; and (3) whether gender differences in mean scores were present. The results showed that hardiness and Emotional stability had a large covariation, and that Emotional stability was a strong predictor of the total hardiness score. Males and females obtained approximately the same mean scores on the hardiness components but showed a greater variation in BFI-20 scores. We discuss the results in relation to previous research and concluded that useful knowledge of individual differences among police students can be obtained with these measures.
- police trainees/students