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The Integrated Psychosocial Model of Criminal Social Identity (IPM-CSI)

Boduszek, Daniel, Dhingra, Katie and Debowska, Agata (2016) The Integrated Psychosocial Model of Criminal Social Identity (IPM-CSI). Deviant Behavior. ISSN 0163-9625 (In Press)

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The integrated psychosocial model of criminal social identity attempts to synthesize, distil, and extend our knowledge and understanding of why people develop criminal social identity, with a particular focus on the psychological and social factors involved. We suggest that the development of criminal social identity results from a complex interplay between four important groups of psychosocial factors: (1) an identity crisis which results in weak bonds with society, peer rejection, and is associated with poor parental attachment and supervision; (2) exposure to a criminal/antisocial environment in the form of associations with criminal friends before, during, and/or after incarceration; (3) a need for identification with a criminal group in order to protect one’s self-esteem; and (4) the moderating role of personality traits in the relationship between criminal/antisocial environment and the development of criminal social identity. The model produces testable hypotheses and points to potential opportunities for intervention and prevention. Directions for future research 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 > Applied Criminology Centre
School of Human and Health Sciences
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Depositing User: Daniel Boduszek
Date Deposited: 10 Sep 2015 15:45
Last Modified: 11 Nov 2015 10:53


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