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SEM Model of Criminal Behaviour within a Sample of Recidivistic Prisoners

Boduszek, Daniel, Adamson, Gary, Hyland, Philip and Shevlin, Mark (2012) SEM Model of Criminal Behaviour within a Sample of Recidivistic Prisoners. Proceedings of the British Psychological Society. ISSN 1754-8837

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Abstract

Background: Research concerning the impact of family variables and criminal friends on adolescents has received considerable attention; however there is still only little empirical support to suggest that the same process occurs within adult offender population.

Aims: To investigate the impact of parental attachment, peer rejection, parental control and criminal peer associations on further criminal behaviour.

Method: Two alternative structural equation models of criminal behaviour were specified and empirically tested within a sample of recidivistic prisoners (N=312)

Results: Parental attachment has a significant influence on parental control and relationships with peers, and an indirect impact on associations with criminal friends via parental control. Further investigation suggests a direct influence of parental control on criminal associations and a strong impact of criminal friends on criminal behaviour. The only indirect predictor of criminal behaviour was parental control via criminal friends.

Conclusions: Further implications in relation to theory and previous studies are discussed

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Paper presented at 2012 Northern Ireland Branch Annual Conference The Manor House Resort, Killadeas, Co Fermanagh 11th-13th May 2012
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: 07 Nov 2012 13:06
Last Modified: 07 Nov 2012 13:06
URI: http://eprints.hud.ac.uk/id/eprint/15907

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