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Criminals emotional experiences during crimes

Canter, David V. and Ioannou, Maria (2004) Criminals emotional experiences during crimes. International Journal of Forensic Psychology, 1 (2). pp. 71-81. ISSN 1448-4374

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    Eighty-three incarcerated offenders indicated, on a forced choice questionnaire, the
    emotions they had experienced whilst committing a specific crime they remembered well.
    Smallest Space Analysis of these emotions showed they reflected the circumplex
    structure of emotions postulated by Russell (1997) for non-criminal experiences.
    However, they showed a stronger distinction between pleasure and displeasure than for
    the normal range of non-criminal experiences, with Russell’s ‘arousal’ dimension being
    less clearly differentiated. Further analysis showed that different subsets of crimes were
    more like to be associated with different emotions. In broad terms, property crimes were
    found to be more pleasurable than crimes against the person. The results are taken as
    support for Katz’s (1988) proposal that the emotional significance of crimes needs to be
    considered more fully in order to understand the psychological processes that sustain and
    encourage crimes. The utility of Russell’s model indicates that the emotions experienced
    by criminals whilst committing crimes can be conceptualised in ways similar to other
    emotional experiences.

    Item Type: Article
    Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
    Schools: School of Human and Health Sciences
    School of Human and Health Sciences > International Research Centre for Investigative Psychology
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    Depositing User: David Canter
    Date Deposited: 03 Aug 2010 16:51
    Last Modified: 08 Sep 2010 11:15


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