Prevention

"Attitudes to corruption" – BAK research studies

In 2015, the BAK started conducting studies to examine corruption including underlying causes and mechanisms of corruption. Since then, and in fulfilment of the legal mandate, the BAK has been striving to develop efficient preventive measures against corruption on the basis of insights gained from these studies.

In 2016, the BAK carried out the first study on the subject of attitudes to corruption in cooperation with a group of researchers from Hanover University of Applied Sciences and Arts and Münster University of Applied Sciences. They used the Hanover Corruption Scale 38 (HKS 38 for short) as a measuring instrument; it gauges attitudes to corruption on the basis of 38 items. The study involved an assessment of attitudes among trainee police officers, psychology and law students in Austria. Findings of the study appeared in the SIAK Journal 2/2017, and in other publications.

In the light of experiences gained during the first BAK study, they developed an Austrian version of HKS 38 – "HKS 38 Ö”; it does better justice to linguistic traits of Austrian German. HKS 38 Ö was validated on a norm sample representative of Austria's population. The accompanying handbook was published in the November 2018 issue of a series of publications on human resources psychology; it is available free of charge.

HKS 38 Ö is currently in use for the first time as part of the second BAK study to measure attitudes to corruption among new entrants to Austrian law enforcement.

The results of the second study are expected in 2019; they are intended to form the basis for further corruption research and the development of targeted prevention concepts.

The second BAK study is co-financed by the EU as part of the ISF Project "Situation Report".

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Article #: 16657 from Donnerstag, 31. Jänner 2019, 10:00
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