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Criminal Attitudes, Recidivistic Behaviour, and the Mediating Role of Associations with Criminal Friends: An Empirical Investigation within a Prison Sample of Violent Offenders

Boduszek, Daniel, Hyland, Philip, Pedziszczak, Jacek and Kielkiewicz, Krzysztof (2012) Criminal Attitudes, Recidivistic Behaviour, and the Mediating Role of Associations with Criminal Friends: An Empirical Investigation within a Prison Sample of Violent Offenders. Europe's Journal of Psychology, 8 (1). pp. 18-31. ISSN 1841-0413

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    Abstract

    Previous studies suggested a significant interaction between criminal attitudes, associations with criminal friends, and criminal behaviour. The purpose of the current investigation was to provide the possible mediating role of associations with criminal friends between criminal attitudes, and criminal behaviour. Based on a sample of 133 violent offenders, the proposed mediation model tested was found to be a good fit of the observed data, with each of the respective fit indices exceeding the criteria for a good fitting model. Thus results suggest that the presence and influence of criminal friends has a significant mediating effect on the interaction between criminal attitudes and recidivistic behaviour. Further implications in relation to research and theory are discussed.

    Item Type: Article
    Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
    H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
    Schools: School of Human and Health Sciences > Centre for Applied Psychological Research
    School of Human and Health Sciences
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    Depositing User: Daniel Boduszek
    Date Deposited: 08 Nov 2012 15:48
    Last Modified: 08 Nov 2012 15:48
    URI: http://eprints.hud.ac.uk/id/eprint/15904

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