The relationship between organisational commitment, job stress, and psychological capital (PsyCap) among Authorised Firearms Officers

Research Institution / Organisation

University of Plymouth

In Collaboration With

Devon and Cornwall Police

Principal Researcher

Rebecca Draper

Level of Research


Project Start Date

September 2020

Research Context

‚ÄčThe aim of this study is to examine the relationship between organisational commitment, job stress, and psychological capital (resilience, self-efficacy, optimism and hope) among Authorised Firearms Officers.

Recent research in this field of psychology has shown that psychological capital has strong predictive utility with regards to employee performance, organisational commitment and psychological well-being.

Here, our interest was in whether AFOs have higher psychological capital, compared to non-AFOs and civilians, and if this has a mediating effect on their organisational commitment and job stress.

Research Methodology

‚ÄčAn electronic questionnaire will be administered via email to Authorised Firearms Officers (approx 100), non-AFOs, and civilians (approx 100).
The questionnaire will combine the A Shortened Stress Evaluation Tool (ASSET) (Cartwright and Cooper, 2002), and the Psychological Capital Questionnaire Short Form version (PCQ-12) (Luthans, F., Youssef, C. M., & Avolio, B. J. 2007). These are published, standardised and widely used measures of work stress and psychological capital.
The majority of questions will be statements that require a response using a Likert Scale. The questionnaire will take approx. 10 minutes to complete.

All data will be quantitative and R studio will be used for the data analysis.

Date due for completion

October 2021
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