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Criminal Attitudes of Ex-Prisoners: the Role of Personality, Anti-Social Friends and Recidivism

Boduszek, Daniel; McLaughlin, Chris; Hyland, Philip;
Open Access English
  • Published: 01 Jan 2011
  • Publisher: New University Press
  • Country: United Kingdom
Background: Previous research suggests that those who enter prison with a low level of criminal attitudes, tend to acquire more deviant attitudes during their sentence due to persistent contact with criminal others, and moreover, presence of criminal personality may be sufficient to develop criminal attitudes.\ud Aim: To determine which of the independent variables: age, education level, marital status, number of children, location, recidivism, association with criminal friends, and personality traits could be used to explain why ex-prisoners hold criminal attitudes.\ud Method: The Measure of Criminal Attitudes and Associates together with Eysenck Personality Qu...
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Table 3.

Variables 1 2 3 4 5 1. Criminal attitudes - 2. Age .08 - 3. Education -.68** -.27* - 4. Marital Status .03 .63** -.24 - 5. No. of Children -.01 .67** -.18 .80** 6. Location -.11 .16 -.03 .08 7. Recidivism .68** .33** -.73** .29* 8. Criminal Friends .71** .03 -.66* .05 9. Neuroticism .27* -.23 -.27* -.12 10. Extraversion .38** .16 -.32* .20 11. Psychoticism .59** -.20 -.35* -.29* Note: ** Correlation is significant at the .01 level (2-tailed). * Correlation is significant at the .05 level (2-tailed).

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