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Criminal Careers and Cognitive Scripts: An Investigation into Criminal Versatility

Gavin, Helen and Hockey, David (2010) Criminal Careers and Cognitive Scripts: An Investigation into Criminal Versatility. The Qualitative Report, 15 (2). pp. 389-410. ISSN 1052-0147

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    “Criminal careers” denotes ways in which offenders develop specialisms and versatility, but studies linking delinquency to social skills deficits have not attempted to explore cognitive, internalised processes by which such “careers” might be chosen. This study investigated criminal minds via script theory: “internal” scripts are used to guide behaviour, “situational” scripts are knowledge of everyday events, and “personal” scripts are a sequence of actions towards a desired goal. This research investigated whether criminal career offenders develop situational scripts for offending and whether such situational scripts express an internalised identity, which manifests as a personal script. Thematic analysis of data derived from “criminal career offenders” supports the notion of criminal situational scripts, with emergent themes considered evidence of personal scripts.

    Item Type: Article
    Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
    Schools: School of Human and Health Sciences
    School of Human and Health Sciences > Applied Criminology Centre
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    Depositing User: Helen Gavin
    Date Deposited: 18 Mar 2010 09:20
    Last Modified: 17 Dec 2010 16:09


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