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Social Bonds and Police Misconduct: An Examination of Social Control Theory and Its Relationship to Workplace Deviance Among Police Supervisors

NCJ Number
251310
Date Published
January 2016
Length
16 pages
Author(s)
C. Donner, J. Maskaly, L. Fridell
Agencies
NIJ-Sponsored
Annotation
This study examined the relationship between social control (adult social bonds) and police misconduct.
Abstract
Multiple regression methods were used to analyze survey data from a sample of 101 first-line police supervisors. A consequence-based measure was used to capture social bonds, and workplace deviance was measured as the self-reported likelihood of future misconduct. Police supervisors reported varying likelihoods of future workplace deviance across four acts of misconduct. Social control was found to be negatively related to three of the four acts, which provides general support for the theory and study hypothesis. The results are discussed in terms of research and policy implications. (Publisher abstract modified)
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