New Method Approbation for the Study of Legal Consciousness for Law Enforcement Officers

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Abstract

The work is devoted to the development of a new diagnostic tool for the study of legal consciousness as an essential competence of law enforcement officers as part of solving practical problems of their professional-psychological selection and accompaniment. The author’s “Scale of legal consciousness” (46 questions) was developed; the emphasis was placed on revealing the commitment to “conventional” values, as opposed to both egoistic and “universal” values. The research sample: the personnel of the National Guard of the Russian Federation (504 people). High one-step reliability (α=0,824) of the new Legal Awareness Scale was revealed; the distribution of the indicator corresponds to normal. Correlations of high significance and expected sign with personality variables (L-Profile, MLO Adaptivity), with indicators of propensity to addiction (“ODA-2010” questionnaire) moderate positive relations with results on intellectual tests were revealed. Thus, satisfactory psychometric properties of the new Law Consciousness Scale were confirmed, and the expediency of its further validation with the prospect of introduction into the practice of psychological support of law enforcement agencies was substantiated.

General Information

Keywords: legal consciousness, psychometrics, professional assessment, psychology of law enforcement activity, "Multipsychometer"®

Journal rubric: Methodological Problems of Legal Psychology

Article type: scientific article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.17759/psylaw.2022120409

Received: 10.01.2022

Accepted:

For citation: Levi M.V., Svobodny F.K. New Method Approbation for the Study of Legal Consciousness for Law Enforcement Officers [Elektronnyi resurs]. Psikhologiya i pravo = Psychology and Law, 2022. Vol. 12, no. 4, pp. 110–124. DOI: 10.17759/psylaw.2022120409. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)

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Information About the Authors

Maxim V. Levi, PhD in Psychology, Scientific Advisor, Innovative Psychotechnologies, Moscow, Russia, ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0086-1199, e-mail: levimax@bk.ru

Felix K. Svobodny, PhD in Psychology, Associate Professor, Department of Management and Psychology of Investigative Activity, Moscow Academy of the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation, Moscow, Russia, ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-8010-8756, e-mail: sfk_felix@mail.ru

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