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Psychology and Law

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Characterization of Pro-aggressive Factors Influencing the Aggressive Behavior of Sex Offenders Serving their Sentences in Detention Facilities 24


Didenko A.V.
Doctor of Medicine, leading researcher of the Department of Borderline States of the Mental Health Research Institute, Tomsk National Research Medical Center of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Tomsk, Russia

Pisarev O.M.
PhD in Psychology, Head of the Department of Organization of Personnel, Social, Psychological and Educational Work, Federal State Institution of Additional Professional Education "Tomsk Institute of Improvement of Professional Skill of Workers of the Federal Service of Execution of Punishments», Tomsk, Russia

Mal'tseva E.A.
Senior psychologist, the psychological service of the Administration of Federal penitentiary service of the Russian Federation across the Tyumen region, The Administration of Federal Penitentiary Service of Russia in the Tyumen region, Tyumen, Russia

In this research work we studied the structure and severity of pro-aggressive factors that influence aggressive manifestations in sex offenders serving their sentences in detention facilities. We carried out a comparative empirical study of two groups of male convicts serving their time for sexual (N=30) and mercenary crimes (N=30). The comparative analysis of aggressive behavior as well as the experimental and psychological research have been performed using the following: Buss A.H. & Durkee A. Hostility Inventory Questionnaire, Freiburg Personality Inventory, Ilyin Ye.P. and Kovalyov P.A. "Personality Aggression and Proneness to Conflict" methodology. It has been statistically proven that the aggression level in sex offenders prevails over that of mercenary criminals (p≤0.01) by the following parameters: physical, verbal and indirect aggression, irritability and sense of guilt. Prominence of pro-aggressive personality factors has been revealed in the convict sex offenders (irritability, quick temper at p≤0.01; neuroticism, depressiveness, reactive aggression, emotional instability at p≤0.05). Additionally, we discussed the influence of prison context on the aggression level.

Keywords: convicts' aggression, pro-aggressive personality traits, sex offender, prison context

Column: Penitentiary Psychology and Penal Practice


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