Psycho‐Sociological Investigation of Criminal Behaviour within a Prison Sample Using Retrospective Data

18 Pages Posted: 8 Jan 2014

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Daniel Boduszek

University of Huddersfield

Gary Adamson

Ulster University

Mark Shevlin

Ulster University at Coleraine - School of Psychology

Philip Hyland

Ulster University

Katie Dhingra

University of Huddersfield

Date Written: February 2014

Abstract

Previous research indicated a significant role of family variables (parental supervision and attachment) in the study of criminality. Social learning of criminal behaviour suggested that the intensity of criminal acts during adolescence is predicted by exposure to criminal peer groups. Based on a sample of recidivists (n = 312) incarcerated in a high‐security prison, this article investigates the direct and indirect effects of parental attachment, parental supervision, and peer relations on associations with criminal friends and subsequent criminal behaviour. Two alternative models of criminal behaviour were specified and estimated in Mplus 6 with restricted maximum likelihood estimation, using structural equation modelling. Results suggest that parental attachment has a significant, positive direct effect on parental supervision and relationships with peers, and an indirect effect on associations with criminal friends via parental supervision. Results also indicate a direct negative effect of parental supervision on criminal associations and a strong, positive effect of criminal associations with criminal friends on criminal behaviour. The only indirect predictor of criminal behaviour was parental supervision via associations with criminal friends. Further implications in relation to theory and previous studies are discussed.

Keywords: recidivistic behaviour, prisoners, criminal friends, parental supervision, attachment

Suggested Citation

Boduszek, Daniel and Adamson, Gary and Shevlin, Mark and Hyland, Philip and Dhingra, Katie, Psycho‐Sociological Investigation of Criminal Behaviour within a Prison Sample Using Retrospective Data (February 2014). The Howard Journal of Criminal Justice, Vol. 53, Issue 1, pp. 31-48, 2014, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2375997 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/hojo.12044

Daniel Boduszek (Contact Author)

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Gary Adamson

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Mark Shevlin

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Philip Hyland

Ulster University

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Katie Dhingra

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