The article examines of theoretical approaches to the Belbin Team Roles test – a psychological examining instrument widely used from the eighties of the last century in English-speaking countries by psychologists for professional selection and psychological support of organizational staff, including law enforcement structures. The test is currently considered as one of the most proven psychological examining instrument assessing team roles that a person plays in professional activities. The Belbin Team Roles test was developed on the basis of multi-stage research involving various organizations and teams.Ukraine does not have any Ukrainian-language version of this test, although its structure and diagnostic capabilities allow its usage in different law enforcement agencies. The article reveals the theoretical basis of the Belbin Team Roles test, which is based on an orthogonal model of the interaction of two basic personality scales, according to Eysenck’s theory, - introversion-extraversion and anxiety-stability. The study confirmed the feasibility of carrying out special work to adapt the Belbin Team Roles test into Ukrainian for the needs of the bodies of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine. This is due to the fact that the tests gives a comprehensive psychological examination of a person's predisposition to perform one or more team roles in a unit – a chief, a planner, a think tank, an evaluator, an investigator, a work addict, a team coordinator and a finisher. The test contains a set of statements, grouped into seven thematic groups; the respondents do not require a significant amount of time to complete the proposed tasks. After test filling by employees of a body of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, a psychologist can determine their belonging to a certain personality type, which determines their ability to perform certain roles in a unit; this will help to correctly determine employees’ specializations in a body of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, in a particular law enforcement area, as well as the optimal role in a unit.
The authors have convincingly confirmed the expediency of using this test in psychological work with personnel of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine, because the test allows complex psychological examination of important social-psychological characteristics and can determine employees’ inclination to perform one of eight key team roles during the professional activities.
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