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Psychology and Law

Publisher: Moscow State University of Psychology and Education

ISSN (online): 2222-5196

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.17759/psylaw

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Gender characteristics of legal conscience in internal affairs agencies staff

Kuznetsova O.V., psychologist, Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia, Severodvinsk, Russia, sergachewa@yandex.ru
Abstract
This article presents the empirical research results of the level of legal conscience forming in law enforcement officials. The study of gender specifics of personnel is now becoming more and more relevant due to a constant increase in the number of women entering the Ministry of Internal Affairs service. The study involved 160 male and 120 female staff members. Analysis of the results revealed a general legal conscience trend typical for male and female employees which manifests in a high level of legal knowledge, adequate understanding of group relativity of moral and ethical norms, civic un-engagement and disinterest to leadership role. This trend reflects a certain viewpoint when human rights are considered to include only freedom, independence and personal self-assertion without responsibility and civic duties. It was found that female employees have higher level of legal conscience forming than male employees. This led to the conclusion of a high-availability of female employees to comply with legal regulations and requirements.

Keywords: legal conscience, legal regulations, legal nihilism, male law enforcement officials, female law enforcement officials.

Column: Psychology of Professional Activity

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.17759/psylaw.2016060211

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