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Development and validation of a Measure of Criminal Social Identity within a sample of Polish recidivistic prisoners

Boduszek, Daniel, Adamson, Gary, Shevlin, Mark and Hyland, Philip (2012) Development and validation of a Measure of Criminal Social Identity within a sample of Polish recidivistic prisoners. Criminal Behaviour and Mental Health, 22 (5). pp. 315-324. ISSN 1471-2857

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Abstract

Social identity is a well-established theoretical concept within psychological research; however, the role of criminal social identity has received far less research attention. One salient reason for the limited research relating to the concept of criminal social identity is the absence of a specific measure.

The eight-item MCSI was used to collect data from recidivists incarcerated in high-security prison (N = 312) to assess criminal social identification. These data were subjected to confirmatory factor analysis.

Three alternative models of criminal social identity were specified and tested in Mplus 6, and results revealed that the data were best explained by a three-factor model of criminal social identity (cognitive centrality, in-group affect and in-group ties).

The current study is important in terms of future research in criminology and psychology because the MCSI provides the first reliable MCSI, which was developed and validated on a relatively large recidivistic prison sample.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > Psychology
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
Divisions: School of Business > Staff Research and Publications
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Depositing User: CAOIMHE NI MHAICIN
Date Deposited: 29 May 2014 16:12
Last Modified: 29 May 2014 16:12
URI: http://trap.ncirl.ie/id/eprint/1408

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