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NCJ Number: 157486 Find in a Library
Title: Violence: A Psychoanalytical Research Project
Journal: Journal of Forensic Psychiatry  Volume:5  Issue:2  Dated:(September 1994)  Pages:311-320
Author(s): M Glasser
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 10
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: This paper discusses the methodology of a psychoanalytical research study of men who act violently; the study was conducted at the Portman Clinic in London, England.
Abstract: The study data come from the weekly psychoanalytical psychotherapy of violent men. The therapist writes reports of each session; the eight therapist-researchers discuss each patient's material at weekly meetings. The researchers use two principles to limit the subjective distortion of the study: the principle of explicitness and the principle of internal consistency. The observations are ordered and evaluated by means of a clinical and metapsychological portrait and a psychodynamic interactional matrix. The matrix identifies and analyzes the interactions among all the external and internal factors that operate in the violent action. The matrix is developed in several stages. The hypotheses are assessed by means of observation and induction. The research next uses a deductive approach that contains an implicit prediction. Figures, notes, and 7 references
Main Term(s): Victims of violent crime
Index Term(s): Criminology; England; Foreign offenders; Mental illness-crime relationships; Psychological evaluation; Research methods; Violence causes; Violent offenders
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