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NCJ Number: 164456 Find in a Library
Title: Violent Offences and Capacity for Self-Control
Journal: Psychology, Crime & Law  Volume:1  Issue:2  Dated:(1994)  Pages:117-123
Author(s): J McGuire; D Broomfield
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 7
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Because previous research has indicated the potential value of anger control training as an intervention in work with individuals who act aggressively toward others but the general suitability of the intervention in work with convicted violent offenders has not been systematically explored, a small-scale survey of 39 offenders convicted for violence and placed on probation in Merseyside, England, was conducted.
Abstract: The aim of the survey was to assess the extent to which lack or loss of control contributed to the occurrence of violent acts. Data were obtained from 23 supervising probation officers in two administrative districts of Merseyside using a structured questionnaire and interview schedule in which offense incidents were described and analyzed using prescribed guidelines. Primary causal factors listed by probation officers as contributing to violent offenses included anger, emotional reaction, lack of control, family and marital conflict, interpersonal provocation, alcohol and other drugs, financial strain, unemployment, and attitudes. Offenders indicated a significant need for improving self-control. Results suggested that loss of self-control played an important role in acts of personal violence and that a significant proportion of offenders would benefit from self-control training and be motivated to change. 16 references and 3 tables
Main Term(s): World criminology
Index Term(s): Anger; Behavior modification; Corrections in foreign countries; Crime Causes; Crime in foreign countries; England; Foreign crime prevention; Foreign offenders; Foreign probation or parole services; Violence causes; Violence prevention; Violent crimes; Violent offenders
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