Journal of Police and Criminal Psychology

, Volume 13, Issue 1, pp 25–39 | Cite as

Does the stereotypical personality reported for the male police officer fit that of the female police officer

  • Larry A. Gould
  • Steve Funk


This research, using the content, validity and clinical scales found in the MMPI-2, investigates the differences in the psychological makeup of male versus female police recruits. The research design involves testing of police recruits on the first day of their academy experience. The literature on the police personality suggest that there exists a stereotype for male officers, a finding replicated in this study. The findings of this research also suggest that female officers do not generally fit the stereotype found in the study of male officers.


Police Officer Normative Sample Criminal Psychology Female Officer Male Officer 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Larry A. Gould
    • 1
  • Steve Funk
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Criminal JusticeNorthern Arizona UniversityFlagstaff

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