Personality Assessment Inventory (PAI)
The Personality Assessment Inventory (PAI) is a self-report questionnaire designed to evaluate personality and psychopathology. It consists of 344 items that are answered on a four-alternative scale, with the response options False, Slightly True, Mainly True, and Very True.
Police and Public Safety Selection Report
JRA's PAI Police and Public Safety Selection Report is a specialized PAI report designed for use by licensed psychologists in conducting post-job offer psychological evaluations of applicants for police and other public safety positions. The principal purpose of the report is to help the examining psychologist assess the emotional stability of the applicant in order to screen out applicants who display job-relevant psychopathology or other serious psychological problems. In addition, the rich item content of the PAI makes it a valuable tool in identifying traits and characteristics of an applicant that may interfere with their ability to perform the job they have applied for in a safe and effective manner.
This special report, which is based on a normative sample of more than 18,000 public safety job applicants, supplements the basic PAI report with a number of innovative features designed specifically to help make employment screening decisions in the public safety field.
Authors of Test and Report
The Personality Assessment Inventory was authored by Leslie Morey, Ph.D., and is published by Psychological Assessment Resources, Inc., 16204 N. Florida Avenue, Lutz, FL 33549, (800) 331-8378, www.parinc.com.
JRA, Inc., is the creator and copyright holder of the PAI Police and Public Safety Selection Report, which is produced under an exclusive license between Psychological Assessment Resources, Inc., and JRA, Inc.
These features include:
- Risk statements that estimate the likelihood that the applicant will present with a pre-hire history of specific selection-relevant problems, or that they will be rated by experienced psychologists as poorly suited.
- PAI scale profiles based on norms for public safety job applicants, which allow the applicant's test scores to be compared to those of other applicants who have applied for the same public safety positions. Specific norms are used for each of the following positions: (a) Police Officer/Deputy/Trooper, (b) Corrections Officer, (c) Firefighter/EMT, (d) Probation Officer, (e) Communications Dispatcher, and (f) (coming soon) Security Officers/Security Guards.
- PAI scale profiles based on norms for public safety job incumbents, which allow the applicant's test scores to be compared to those of previously screened applicants who were subsequently hired and successfully performed the job that the applicant is applying for.
- A list of individual "selection-relevant" PAI items endorsed by the applicant that may indicate possible job performance problems. The items endorsed by the applicant that are presented in the report were identified by a panel of expert psychologists as "selection relevant."