Evaluating the Impact of Positive and Negative Emotionality on Psychological Distress among Police Employees

  • Amna Ambreen MS Scholar; International Islamic University, Islamabad
  • Neelam Ehsan International Islamic University, Islamabad
  • Bushra Hassan Assistant Professor; International Islamic University, Islamabad
  • Rabia Mushtaq Assistant Professor; International Islamic University, Islamabad
Keywords: Positive Emotionality, Negative emotionality, Psychological distress, Resilience


Background. The current study aimed to examine the impact of positive and negative emotionality on psychological distress among police employees with resilience as a mediator.

Method. The sample comprised of 150 police employees which was further divided into lower (n = 75) and higher ranked police employees (n = 75).The study utilized descriptive-predictive survey method in which purposive sampling technique was employed. The instruments used to measure study variables were Positive and Negative Affect Schedule (PANAS), Ego Resiliency Scale (ERS) and General Health Questionnaire-12 (GHQ-12).

Results. The findings of the study revealed that positive emotionality negatively predicted psychological distress while negative emotionality positively predicted psychological distress among police employees. In addition, mediation analysis revealed that resilience partially mediated the relationship between positive emotionality and psychological distress. Significant differences have been observed in positive emotionality and resilience among lower and higher rank police employees.

Conclusion. The present study provides awareness on how resilience, positive emotionality and good mental health status are important for adequate functioning of people working under stressful conditions.


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