Emotional labor among trainee police officers: The interpersonal role of positive emotions

B.R. van Gelderen, E.A. Konijn, A.B. Bakker

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Abstract

The aim of this study is to get an insight of the interpersonal process of emotional labor, and the role of positive emotions in the interaction between the sender and receiver, while taking both the perspective of the sender and the receiver into account. We tested the influence of the perceived display of positive emotions of Dutch trainee police officers (N=80) during an interaction with offenders on perceived authenticity and perceived performance success, incorporating the senders' emotion regulation technique (i.e., deep acting and surface acting). Consistent with hypotheses, results of structural equation modeling analyses showed that perceived authenticity mediates the relationship between the perceived display of positive emotions and perceived performance success, while the specific senders' emotion regulation technique was not related to perceived performance success. Furthermore, results showed that perceived performance success mediated the relationship between the perceived display of positive emotions and senders' felt positive emotions after the interaction, controlling for senders' positive affect. © 2011 Taylor & Francis.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)163-172
JournalThe Journal of Positive Psychology: Dedicated to Furthering Research and Promoting Good Practice
Volume6
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011

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