RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE, OCCUPATIONAL STRESS AND JOB PERFORMANCE AMONG POLICE OFFICERS

Author: Okeke Christopher Nnaemeka
Department: Psychology
Affiliation: Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka

The study examined the relationship between Emotional Intelligence (EI), Occupational Stress and Job Performance among Police Officers in Anambra State. This State Police Command was chosen because the crime wave in the state was high. Two hundred and three (203) police officers from Anambra State Police Command served as participants in this study. The participants were selected through simple random sampling. The ages of the participants ranged from 28 to 54 years with a mean age of 12.98 years and Standard Deviation of 9.26. three instruments were used in this study. The first is the Emotional Intelligence Scale (EIS) developed by Coleman (1998), which consisted of eleven (11) items. The second scale was an Occupational Stress Inventory (OSI) developed by Seaward (2005), which consisted of thirteen (13) items. The third instrument was the Job Performance Scale (JPS) developed by Newel (2002), which is made up of fifteen (15) items. Two hypothesis were tested using Pearson product moment correlation as the Statistical tools. The findings indicated that Emotional Intelligence had significant positive correlation with job performance r(203) = .53, p<.05, thereby confirming hypothesis one. OCCUPATIONAL Stress had a significant positive correlation with job performance r (203) = .33, P<.05, thereby confirming hypothesis two. The findings implied that Emotional Intelligence (EI), Occupational Stress (OS) should not be ignored in the course of exploring means of promoting work performance on police officers in Nigeria. Recommendations were made based on the findings of the study.

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