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Title: Social support and personality among male police officers in Singapore
Authors: Tong, E.M.W.
Bishop, G.D. 
Diong, S.M.
Enkelmann, H.C.
Why, Y.P.
Ang, J.
Khader, M.
Keywords: Ethnic differences
Social support
Issue Date: 2004
Source: Tong, E.M.W., Bishop, G.D., Diong, S.M., Enkelmann, H.C., Why, Y.P., Ang, J., Khader, M. (2004). Social support and personality among male police officers in Singapore. Personality and Individual Differences 36 (1) : 109-123. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: This study examines the relationship between perceived social support and personality among police officers from Singapore's three main ethnic groups, Chinese, Indians, and Malays. Perceived social support was measured by the short version of the Social Support Questionnaire [SSQ: Sarason, Sarason, Shearin, & Pierce (1987) and personality was assessed by the NEO PI-R. Of the three ethnic groups Chinese participants reported the largest number of social supports but the lowest satisfaction with that support. Regression analyses revealed that none of the NEO PI-R domains stood out as independent predictors of Satisfaction with Social Support (SSS) whereas Agreeableness, Extraversion, and Openness contributed independently to Number of Social Supports (SSN). In addition, SSN was divided into two components: Number of Social Supports from Family (SSN-fm) and Number of Social Supports from Others (SSN-o). Regression analyses showed Agreeableness and Conscientiousness to be independent predictors of SSN-fm and Conscientiousness, Extraversion, and Openness to be independent predictors of SSN-o. In addition, the relationships were found to be equally descriptive of the three ethnic groups. These results are discussed in terms of their theoretical and practical implications. © 2003 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Source Title: Personality and Individual Differences
ISSN: 01918869
DOI: 10.1016/S0191-8869(03)00072-2
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