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Further insights into the construct of criminal social identity: validation of a revised measure in a prison population

Boduszek, Daniel and Debowska, Agata (2017) Further insights into the construct of criminal social identity: validation of a revised measure in a prison population. Journal of Forensic Psychiatry & Psychology. ISSN 1478-9949

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Abstract

The current study objective was to develop a revised version of the Measure of Criminal Social Identity (MCSI) with an increased number of indicators to more reliably capture three MCSI dimensions. Dimensionality and construct validity of the Measure of Criminal Social Identity – Revised (MCSI-R) was examined among a sample of systematically selected inmates (N = 2,192). Four competing models of the MCSI-R were specified and tested using Mplus with weighted least squares with mean and variance adjustment (WLSMV) estimation. Bifactor model with three meaningful factors (cognitive centrality, in-group affect, and in-group ties) while controlling for the general factor was the best fit for the data. Good composite reliability of the three MCSI-R dimensions was established. The three subscales of the MCSI-R evidence differential predictive utility for prisonization, number of incarcerations, self-esteem, and violent offending. Practical implications and directions for future research are discussed.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Criminal social identity, The Measure of Criminal Social Identity – Revised, Bifactor modelling, Prison population
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Schools: School of Human and Health Sciences
School of Human and Health Sciences > Centre for Applied Psychological Research
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Depositing User: Daniel Boduszek
Date Deposited: 05 Apr 2017 14:40
Last Modified: 07 Jul 2017 21:05
URI: http://eprints.hud.ac.uk/id/eprint/31670

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