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The Development of Criminal Social Identity: Theoretical construct

Boduszek, Daniel and Hyland, Philip (2011) The Development of Criminal Social Identity: Theoretical construct. Proceedings of the British Psychological Society. ISSN 1754-8837

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This study puts forth the hypothesis that individuals become criminals because of the presence of a persistent criminal identity which has its origin in processes of negative social comparisons carried out by individuals who have failed in their pro-social roles and have exhibited non-conforming behaviour, aggravated and compounded by contextual factors (e.g. dysfunctional family environment, criminal peers). It is also suggested that development of a criminal identity might be influenced by representations of known criminals which are stored in memory system, and are made accessible due to relevant situational cues. This is consistent with the concept of multiple social identities which postulates that as a person’s social context changes, corresponding social identity changes are likely to occur as a result of the activation of situation-specific schemas. Importantly, this paper also introduces the notion that personality could potentially mediate the relationship between the social context and the subsequent development of Criminal Social Identity.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: paper presented at 2011 Northern Ireland Branch Annual Conference The Manor House Hotel, Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh 15-17 April 2011
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
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 11:13
Last Modified: 28 Aug 2021 11:23


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