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Relationship Between Self-Control and Police Misconduct: A Multi-Agency Study of First-Line Police Supervisors

NCJ Number
Criminal Justice and Behavior Volume: 43 Issue: 7 Dated: July 2016 Pages: 841-862
C. M. Donner; L. A. Fridell; W. G. Jennings
Date Published
July 2016
22 pages
This study examined the potential relationship between self-control and police misconduct, using both Gottfredson and Hirschi's original version of self-control theory and Hirschi's revised version of the theory.
Data from a multi-agency sample of 101 first-line police supervisors demonstrated that self-control, as measured by both conceptualizations of the theory, was significantly related to self-reported prior engagement in police misconduct as well as the likelihood of future misconduct. The results are discussed in terms of theoretical and policy implications, as well as in terms of study limitations and directions for future research. 81 references (Publisher abstract modified)