Psychological Make-up of Corrupt Officials Serving their Sentences in Confinement Institutions



The article discusses the psychological make-up of corrupt officials serving their prison sentences in confinement institutions. We established that they are distinguished by the following qualities: attentiveness and persistence in attaining their personally significant goals, lack of straightforwardness in communication, machiavellism, distinct deviousness, slyness, insidiousness, cynicism, estrangement, emotional indifference, disregard for moral and ethical standards, tendency to manipulate and need to dominate others, aspiration for high social standing. The empirical study that we conducted in the places of imprisonment helped us to reveal the six-factor personality structure of a corrupt official. By the usage of cluster analysis the corrupted officials have been diagnosed to be of the venal personality type. On the one hand, individuals of this type are distinguished by the pronounced domination factor, on the other hand, the adequacy of their self-appraisal is low.

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Keywords: confinement institutions, imprisonment institutions, corruption offences, convicted of corruption offences, psychological make-up of corrupted officials

Journal rubric: Penitentiary Psychology and Penal Practice

Article type: scientific article


For citation: Sochivko D.V., Ganishina I.S., Maryin M.I., Sundukova V.V. Psychological Make-up of Corrupt Officials Serving their Sentences in Confinement Institutions [Elektronnyi resurs]. Psikhologiya i pravo = Psychology and Law, 2020. Vol. 10, no. 3, pp. 5–19. DOI: 10.17759/psylaw.2020100301. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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Information About the Authors

Dmitry V. Sochivko, Doctor of Psychology, professor, Professor of the Department of General Psychology, Academy of Law and Management of the Federal Penitentiary Service of Russia, Ryazan, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:

Irina S. Ganishina, Doctor of Psychology, Docent, Head, Department of Legal Psychology & Pedagogy, Faculty of Psychology and Probation, Academy of Law and Administration of the Federal Penitentiary Service of Russia, Ryazan, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:

Mikhail I. Maryin, Doctor of Psychology, Professor, Professor of Department of Scientific Fundamentals of Extreme Psychology, Faculty of Extreme Psychology, Moscow State University of Psychology & Education, Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:

Victoria V. Sundukova, postgraduate of the Research and Educational Personnel Training Faculty, Academy of Law Management of the Federal Penitentiary Service (the Academy of Federal Penitentiary Service), Ryazan, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:



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