The role of personality and blame attribution in prisoners' experience of anger.

Wood, Jane L. and Newton, A.K. (2003) The role of personality and blame attribution in prisoners' experience of anger. Personality and Individual Differences, 34 (8). pp. 1453-1465. ISSN 0191-8869 . (doi: ) (Full text available)

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The emotion of anger has gained researchers' interest in recent years [Novaco (1994) In: J. Monahan & M. J. Steadman (Eds.), Violence and mental disorder.- developments in risk assessment. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press; (1997) Legal and Criminological Psychology, 2, 77]. However, it is still unclear what influences the expression of anger. The current study investigated the relationship between anger, personality and blame attribution in Icelandic prisoners. Sixty-nine male offenders completed the Gudjonsson Blame Attribution Inventory, the Eysenck Personality Questionnaire and the Novaco Anger Scale. No differences were found in the anger levels of violent/non-violent offenders. Results indicated that recidivism, psychoticism and neuroticism were predictive of anger levels, but no relationship was found between blame attribution and anger. The findings of this study suggest that in terms of anger management programmes in prison, it might be advantageous to target repeat offenders and take into account personality factors that seem to influence anger

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: prisoners; anger; blame attribution; personality; treatment programmes
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Psychology
Depositing User: Jane Wood
Date Deposited: 08 Nov 2010 14:35 UTC
Last Modified: 23 May 2014 10:27 UTC
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