Anticipatory Organizational Socialization and its Relationship with National Police Applicants' Attitudes and Behaviors

Alexandra Marcos Lorenzo, Gumersindo Tirado, Gabriela Topa


The main aim of this paper was to analyze the relationships between external resources and personal resources of participants during their process to pass the Estate Exam for the National Police and the results related to their attitudes and behaviors in relation to the same preparation process. In the study, a sample of 130 candidates to enter the National Police from all over Spain participated. The findings show that socialization related to organizational history and self-efficacy beliefs predict commitment to the preparation process, optimism predicts experienced stress, social support, and optimism together with self-efficacy predict satisfaction and, finally, the anticipatory socialization relative to the language of the organization predicted the excellent performance of the participants. The results are discussed in terms of their practical implications.


organizational socialization; social support; personal resources; satisfaction with the preparation process; stress during the preparation process


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