Date of Award


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy


Criminology and Criminal Justice

First Advisor

Schafer, Joseph


This study uses a cross-sectional survey of front-line police officers from eight mid-sized municipal police departments in three states to evaluate the relationships between officers’ perceptions of self-legitimacy and their perceptions of shared values with others in the organizational environment. Drawing from person-environment fit theory, the study asked respondents to rate their perceived value congruence with top managers, supervisors, and coworkers. Using structural equation modeling, the analysis explores the multidimensional aspects person-environment fit. The results indicate that value congruence is a significant predictor of officers’ self-legitimacy.




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