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Criminal attitudes, recidivistic behaviour, and the mediating role of associations with criminal friends : An empirical investigation within a prison sample of violent offenders

Boduszek, Daniel, Hyland, Philip, Pedziszczak, Jacek and Kielkiewicz, Krzysztof (2012) Criminal attitudes, recidivistic behaviour, and the mediating role of associations with criminal friends : An empirical investigation within a prison sample of violent offenders. Europe's Journal of Psychology, 8 (1). pp. 18-31.

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Abstract

Previous studies suggested a significant interaction between criminal attitudes, associations with criminal friends, and criminal behaviour. The purpose of the current investigation was to provide the possible mediating role of associations with criminal friends between criminal attitudes, and criminal behaviour. Based on a sample of 133 violent offenders, the proposed mediation model tested was found to be a good fit of the observed data, with each of the respective fit indices exceeding the criteria for a good fitting model. Thus results suggest that the presence and influence of criminal friends has a significant mediating effect on the interaction between criminal attitudes and recidivistic behaviour. Further implications in relation to research and theory are discussed.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > Psychology
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Divisions: School of Business > Staff Research and Publications
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Depositing User: CAOIMHE NI MHAICIN
Date Deposited: 29 May 2014 15:12
Last Modified: 30 Mar 2015 14:34
URI: http://trap.ncirl.ie/id/eprint/1407

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