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Dissertation Abstract

A Consideration of the Relationship of the Romans 12 Motivational Gifts to Job Satisfaction and Person–Job Fit in Law Enforcement

Clarence E. McPherson
July 2008

This study extends foundational research by DellaVecchio and Winston (2004) on the Romans 12 motivational gifts to explore the differences in person–job fit and job satisfaction based on various profiles of motivational gifts in law enforcement. A convenience sample of 197 police officers with job tenure of at least 3 years from a large southeastern U.S. police department was recruited to participate in an online survey that included measures of the Romans 12 motivational gifts, job satisfaction, and person–job fit. Cluster analysis was used to explore and identify profiles of motivational gifts among the sample. Analysis of variance was conducted to determine the differences in person–job fit and job satisfaction, based on profiles of motivation gifts identified through cluster analysis. Person–job fit was measured by a four-item instrument developed by Saks and Ashforth (1997). Job satisfaction was measured using the short form of the Minnesota Satisfaction Questionnaire developed by Weiss, Dawis, and Lofquist (1967). Cluster analysis confirmed the presence of the Romans 12 motivational gifts in all three clusters of the research sample. Analysis of variance revealed a significantly higher correlation to person–job fit and job satisfaction in two of the three motivational gift clusters.