Journal of Police and Criminal Psychology

, Volume 17, Issue 2, pp 54-61

First online:

The predictive validity of MMPI-2 content scales for small-town police officer performance

  • Suzanne DanielsAffiliated withCastleton State College Email author 
  • , Emily King

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The goal of this study was to examine the predictive validity of the MMPI-2 content scales in differentiating successful from unsuccessful small-town police officers, using supervisory ratings. Although the MMPI-2 content scale scores of police officers differed from the normative sample, the content scales were not predictive of police officer performance. The authors suggest that the content scales may be especially vulnerable to socially desirable response styles.