Goodlad, Katherine (2020) The Criminal Narrative Experience of Convicted Male Perpetrators of Interpersonal Crime. Doctoral thesis, University of Huddersfield.

The aim of the study was to explore the Criminal Narrative Experience (CNE) of male perpetrators of interpersonal crime located in the high security prison estate. In order to do this, a number of factors were considered: Criminal Narratives, Emotions, Victim Roles, Schemas, and Offence Type. 89 participants were recruited from one of the high security prisons in the United Kingdom; all of which had been convicted for interpersonal crime. The data was analysed using Smallest Space Analysis and subsequent analyses were conducted to explore relationships between variables (t-tests and Pearson’s Product Moment correlation).

Results showed that criminal narratives could be categorised using the Criminal Narrative Framework (Professional, Hero, Victim, and Revenger) and emotions could be categorised using Russell’s Circumplex Model of Affect (Calm, Elation, Depression, and Distress). Additionally, criminal narratives and emotions could be amalgamated and distinguished using the Criminal Narrative Experience (CNE) Framework (Calm Professional, Elated Hero, Depressed Victim, and Distressed Revenger). The results also showed that victims could be categorised using Canter’s Victim Roles model (Object, Vehicle, and Person). Further analysis showed that CNE themes and Victim Roles could be linked; specifically, the Calm Professional and Elated Hero with the Object Victim Role. Additionally, CNE themes could be linked with schemas (core beliefs); specifically, the Elated Hero with the ‘approval/recognition’ schema. There were no significant differences in CNE between crime type (sex and violence).

The study has made a significant contribution to the understanding of criminal behaviour and supports previous research. It has also made some unique discoveries. No other studies have explored victim role assignment from a first-person perspective; nor have they explored links between Victim Roles and CNE themes. Additionally, no other research has considered the role of schemas alongside the experience of crime from a narrative perspective. The research has several theoretical and practical implications which are discussed throughout the report whilst outlining limitations and ideas for future research.

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