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Implicit association Self-concept test in studying of violence-related cognitions 694

Plotka I.D.
Doctor of Psychology, The Head of the Department Psychology, Professor, Baltic Psychology and Management University College, the Director of Professional Master Study Programme "Psychology", Riga, Latvia., Baltic international Academy, Riga, Latvia

Simane-Vigante L.V.
Mg.psych., Researcher, Department of Psychology, Baltic International Academy, Riga, Latvia

Blumenau N.F., Associated professor, Department of Psychology, Baltic International Academy, Riga, Latvia

The aim of research: to investigate violence-related cognitions with Self-Concept implicit association test (IAT) and self-reported procedures for sentenced and not sentenced males. The research questions: Is there correspondence between the results of measuring implicit associations related to criminal violence using Self-Concept IAT and self-reported criminal attitudes towards violence among sentenced and not sentenced males? Is there a relationship between implicit associations of self with criminal violence measured by Self-Concept IAT and personality traits: psychoticism, neuroticism, extraversion? Is there a relationship between self-reported attitudes towards criminal violence and these personality traits? Participants: 141 males. Groups: “Sentenced” — 77 prisoners, 20—62 years (Mdn = 34) undergoing sentence in high security prisons; “Not sentenced” — 64 previously not sentenced, 18—62 years (Mdn = 32). Violence Self-Concept IAT was specially designed. Self-reported procedures to measure criminal attitudes and personality traits were used. The correspondence between the results of implicit and explicit measurements was found under certain experimental conditions. The relationships between the personal traits and attitudes towards criminal violence measured by self-report procedures and IAT were revealed.

Keywords: Implicit Association Test, Implicit attitude towards violence, Explicit attitude towards violence

Column: Empirical Research


A Part of Article

The problem of studying the mechanisms of formation and change of social attitudes of different social groups of the society is actual. For example, attitudes towards violence.

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