Peer Influence, Rank And Self-Esteem: A Predictive Of Psychotherapeutic View Of Hostile Behaviour Among Police Personnel In Awka City



The study examined peer influence, rank and self-esteem as predictors of psychotherapeutic view of hostile behavior among police personnel working in Awka City. A total number of two hundred and twenty-two (222) police personnel served as participant for the study. They were selected using a non probability convenient random sampling. They consisted of 96 males and 126 female. Their age ranged from 22-51 years with mean age was 34.87 and standard deviation of 7.0. Instruments use to generate data for the study were; Buss-Perry Aggression Questionnaire by Buss-Perry (1992), Index of Peer Relation (IPR) by Hudson (1982), Validated by Anumba (1995) and Rosenberg’s Self-Esteem (RSE) scale (1965). Multiple Linear Regression Statistics were used to analyze the data. Three hypotheses were tested. The result revealed that hypothesis one which state that peer influence will predict hostility behavior was accepted at f (β=.16, t = 2.5, p< .01), hypothesis two which state that rank will significantly predict hostility behavior was accepted at f (β=.26, t =3.9, p<.01), while hypothesis three which state that self-esteem will significantly predict hostility behavior was also accepted at f (β= -.16, t = -3.31, p< .01). Based on the findings, conclusion were made and implication of the study was also stated.

Key words: Peer Influence, Rank, Self-Esteem, Psychotherapy, Hostile Behavior, Police Personnel.




Emeka A. Nwankwo,
Samuel U. Ezeakabekwe,
Chisom U. Nwabia,
Chikelu A. Nwagbo

Department of Psychology,
Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University,
Igbariam, Anambra State

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