Features of сreativity in social interaction among convicts who have committed self-serving and aggressively violent crimes



The article presents the results of an empirical study of the features of creativity in social interaction on a sample of male convicts serving sentences in a penal colony (N = 18, convicted of fraud and selfish violence, and N = 20 convicted of aggressively violent crimes). The relationship between the fluency indicators in situations of positive and negative connotations (revenge for damage and lies in romantic relationships) with personal values (the Sh.Shwartz questionnaire), aggression (the Bassa-Perry questionnaire), temperament characteristics (K.Cluninger's questionnaire), behavior (Questionnaire of M.Ranko et al.). Corporations of convicts found correlations of fluency in situations with negative connotation with hostility and anger, while in aggressively violent criminals the refusal of revenge is mediated by the highest values of social focus. The results show that creativity in social interaction in situations with negative and positive connotations is not a single construct: it should be differentiated according to the antisocial and prosocial orientation. The limitations of the study are indicated and directions for further research are suggested.

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Keywords: creativity, antisocial creativity, personal characteristics of convicts, values of convicts, fraudsters, aggressively violent criminals.

Journal rubric: Penitentiary Psychology and Penal Practice

Article type: scientific article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.17759/psylaw.2018080111

Funding. The research was carried out with the financial support of the Russian Foundation for Basic Research within the framework of the scientific project No. 17-06-00608-ОГН-А "Personal and situational characteristics of asocial and negative creativity".

For citation: Meshkova N.V., Debolsky M.G., Enikolopov S.N., Maslenkov A.A. Features of сreativity in social interaction among convicts who have committed self-serving and aggressively violent crimes [Elektronnyi resurs]. Psikhologiya i pravo = Psychology and Law, 2018. Vol. 8, no. 1, pp. 147–163. DOI: 10.17759/psylaw.2018080111. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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Information About the Authors

Natalia V. Meshkova, PhD in Psychology, Associate Professor, Chair of Theoretical Foundations of Social Psychology, Faculty of Social Psychology, Moscow State University of Psychology and Education, Moscow, Russia, ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-3965-9382, e-mail: nmeshkova@yandex.ru

Michael G. Debolsky, PhD in Psychology, professor, Professor, Department of legal psychology and law, faculty of legal psychology, MSUPE, leading researcher, PKU research Institute of the Federal penitentiary service, Moscow, Russia, ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2601-0077, e-mail: mdebolsky@mail.ru

Sergey N. Enikolopov, PhD in Psychology, Associate Professor, Head of Department of Clinical Psychology, Mental Health Research Center, Moscow, Russia, ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7899-424X, e-mail: enikolopov@mail.ru

Andrey A. Maslenkov, Head of the Psychological Laboratory, PKU IK-5 of the Federal Penitentiary Service of Russia for the Vladimir Region, Vladimir, Russia



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