n IFE PsychologIA : An International Journal - Stress type and death anxiety as predictors of job performance among some police personnel in Lagos State

Volume 23, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1117-1421



The need to evaluate police personnel's perceived performance in the face of several challenges which includes stress and the fear of dying geared up the present study. Using a self-report methodology, a sample of two hundred and four (204) police officers filled questionnaires that tapped variables of interest. Data collected were analyzed and three hypotheses were tested using multiple hierarchical regressions, the t-test of independence and t-test related. Results indicate that police organizational and operational stress, and death anxiety accounted for significant variation in the perceptions of performance [R2= .426, F= (3, 204) = 28.899, p<.01]. Police operational stress had a significant negative relationship with perceptions of performance (β=-.448, p<.05), while police organizational stress had a significant weak positive relationship with performance (β=.327, p<.05). No significant difference was observed in perceptions of performance based on gender among officers. Police officers reported more operational stress compared to organizational stress (Mean difference = -5.92, SD = 18.32), t (203) =-3.667, p<.001. In conclusion, it is essential to focus more attention on operational factors and inherent dangers in policing as more potent source of stressors among police personnel which could adversely affect performance of police work. In order to increase performance and reduce the effect of operational stress, appropriate and regular training is being advocated for policemen in operations; and the need to consider the accommodation of more female officers in the force.

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