Dependence of Legal Awareness on the Individual Psychological Characteristics of Public Officers



The article considers legal awareness as a subjective perception of legal phenomena by citizens. It is assumed that there is an individual predisposition towards law-conscious behavior. In a sample of 2011 subjects, employees of state bodies, the dependence of legal awareness on the personal characteristics of employees performing duties in the field of legal relations was studied. Legal awareness correlates with the activities of civil servants indirectly through a system of real legal actions and does not always coincide with labor productivity (action - attitude). The study of justice was carried out using the test of L.A. Yasyukova. Individual psychological characteristics were identified through the use of intelligent techniques, the modification of MMPI, the locus of control, the test of volitional self-control and the motivational profile of Ritchie-Martin. To assess the success (effectiveness) of the staff professional activities, an expert assessment was performed. It was revealed that legal consciousness has a specification and depends on the type of activity of public officers. Relations can be traced within the entire volume of personal characteristics. The article provides data on the correlation of legal consciousness and individual psychological characteristics of public service employees in the verbal and cogitative, characterological and motivational spheres.

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Keywords: legal awareness, personal-professional specification, verbal and cogitative features, characterology, motivational-value sphere, effective and ineffective employees, psychological testing, official and professional functioning, law-conscious behavior, individual predisposition.

Journal rubric: Psychology of Professional Activity

Article type: scientific article


For citation: Noss I.N., Bulygina V.G., Kabanova T.N. Dependence of Legal Awareness on the Individual Psychological Characteristics of Public Officers [Elektronnyi resurs]. Psikhologiya i pravo = Psychology and Law, 2019. Vol. 9, no. 4, pp. 33–48. DOI: 10.17759/psylaw.2019090403. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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Information About the Authors

Igor N. Noss, Doctor of Psychology, Professor, Leading Research Associate of Laboratory of the Psychohygiene and Psychoprophylaxis, Federal State Budgetary Institution "V. Serbsky Nathional Medical Research Centre for Psychiatry and Narcology" of the Ministry of Health of the Russian Federation, Professor, Department of Psychology Organizational and Work Psychology, Moscow State Regional University, Moscow, Russia, e-mail:

Vera G. Bulygina, Doctor of Psychology, Professor, Head of Laboratory of Psychohygiene and Psychoprophylaxis, V.P. Serbsky National Medical Research Center of Psychiatry and Narcology of the Ministry of Health of Russian Federation, Professor, Department of Clinical and Forensic Psychology, Faculty of Legal Psychology, Moscow State University of Psychology & Education, Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:

Tatiana N. Kabanova, PhD in Psychology, Senior science researcher of the Laboratory of psychohygiene and psychoprophylaxis, Federal State Budgetary Institution “V. Serbsky National Medical Research Centre for Psychiatry and Narcology” of the Ministry of Health of the Russian Federation, Moscow, Russia, e-mail:



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