Development of a Methodology for Studying the Mechanisms of the Professional Self-awareness Establishment in Police Officers



The article describes the developing and testing procedure of the authors' psychodiagnostic methodology aimed at studying the mechanisms of establishing the professional self-awareness of a police officer. In accordance with the goal and objectives of the research, the experiment involved 579 police officers, with 172 people being students and cadets of educational organizations of the Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs and 407 people were acting law enforcement officers of transport police administrations of the Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs (Northwestern and Ural Federal Districts). The age range of the subjects was 18-52. The ‘Limit – Experience’ inventory we developed has 5 scales reflecting essential aspects of the problem in question. The reliability coefficient for ‘life awareness’ scale is 0.82; for ‘self-realization’ scale it is 0.73, for ‘value of time’ scale it is 0.72, and for scales ‘self-determination’ and ‘general’ the coefficient is 0.69 and 0.8 respectively. The validity of this methodology has been tested by comparing its results with those of other methods for measuring similar parameters. The questionnaire can be used in operation of the psychological service of Russian internal affairs bodies, and also for further applied research in this area.

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Keywords: professional self-awareness, police officer, ‘limit-experience’ construct, internal experience, life awareness, self-realization, value of time, self-determination

Journal rubric: Psychology of Professional Activity


Received: 21.08.2021


For citation: Sharanov Y.A., Sofronova A.Y., Raspopin E.V. Development of a Methodology for Studying the Mechanisms of the Professional Self-awareness Establishment in Police Officers [Elektronnyi resurs]. Psikhologiya i pravo = Psychology and Law, 2021. Vol. 11, no. 4, pp. 138–152. DOI: 10.17759/psylaw.2021110410. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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Yuri A. Sharanov, Doctor of Psychology, Professor, Professor of the Department of Legal Psychology, Saint Petersburg University of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia, Honored High School Worker, St.Petersburg, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:

Anastasia Y. Sofronova, PhD Student, Department of Legal Psychology, Saint Petersburg University of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia, St.Petersburg, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:

Evgeniy V. Raspopin, PhD in Psychology, Associate Professor, Associate Professor of the Department of Psychology of Performance of Professional Activity and Pedagogics, Ural Law Institute of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia, Ekaterinburg, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:



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