Social cognitive processing in violent male offenders

Lim, Loraine, Day, Andrew, and Casey, Sharon (2011) Social cognitive processing in violent male offenders. Psychiatry, Psychology and Law, 18 (2). pp. 177-189.

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Social cognitive processing deficits are widely believed to play a central causal role in aggressive behaviour. In this study 76 adult male prisoners (38 violent, 38 non-violent) were presented with a video scenario depicting an interpersonal provocation and asked to rate their experience of anger and the likelihood of them acting aggressively in response to the provocation. It was hypothesized that violent offenders would predict that they would be more likely to act aggressively, feel higher levels of anger, and report hostile attributions following an interpersonal provocation than non-violent offenders, but that hostile attributions would be associated with aggression only in those who scored higher on a measure of trait anger. While the results indicated that violent offenders reported significantly higher levels of trait anger and an increased tendency for hostile attributions than their non-violent counterparts, the interaction was non-significant. This suggests that hostile attributions may play a more important role than trait anger in predicting future acts of aggression, and has implications for the development of rehabilitation programmes in the treatment of anger and aggression in offenders.

Item ID: 47138
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1934-1687
Keywords: aggression, anger, attribution, cognition, offender
Date Deposited: 18 Jan 2017 07:50
FoR Codes: 17 PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES > 1701 Psychology > 170104 Forensic Psychology @ 100%
SEO Codes: 94 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 9404 Justice and the Law > 940402 Crime Prevention @ 100%
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