Predicting law enforcement officer job performance with the Personality Assessment Inventory. Academic Article uri icon


  • This study examined the descriptive and predictive characteristics of the Personality Assessment Inventory (PAI; Morey, 1991) in a sample of 85 law enforcement officer candidates. Descriptive results indicate that mean PAI full-scale and subscale scores are consistently lower than normative community sample scores, with some exceptions noted typically associated with defensive responding. Predictive validity was examined by relating PAI full-scale and subscale scores to supervisor ratings in the areas of job performance, integrity problems, and abuse of disability status. Modest correlations were observed for all domains; however, predictive validity was moderated by defensive response style, with greater predictive validity observed among less defensive responders. These results suggest that the PAI's full scales and subscales are able to predict law enforcement officers' performance, but their utility is appreciably improved when taken in the context of indicators of defensive responding.

published proceedings

  • J Pers Assess

author list (cited authors)

  • Lowmaster, S. E., & Morey, L. C.

citation count

  • 34

complete list of authors

  • Lowmaster, Sara E||Morey, Leslie C

publication date

  • May 2012