Therapeutic effectiveness of self-efficacy in the reduction of police attitude to corruption in Nigeria

Amos Oyesoji Aremu, Francis Pakes, Les Johnston

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This study investigates the therapeutic effectiveness of self-efficacy as a counselling strategy in tackling the Nigeria Police Force attitude to corruption. Using a quasi-experimental approach, 200 police personnel were purposively and conveniently sampled from two State Police Commands, Ogun and Lagos States. With the aid of an instrument, the Police Attitude to Corruption Scale, administered twice (pre- and post-test), results showed that the self-efficacy counselling strategy positively influences corruption attitudes of the treated group. Gender was found to moderate significantly, with female police officers showing more positive change than their male counterparts. The results suggest the inclusion of self-efficacy counselling as a bottom-up approach strategy in tackling corruption in the Nigerian Police. The implications of this on police transformation, police practice and counselling practice were discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)331-348
Number of pages18
JournalPolice Journal
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2009


  • Nigeria
  • police corruption
  • self-efficacy

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