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NCJ Number: 170759 Find in a Library
Title: Use of the Psychological Inventory of Criminal Thinking Styles in a Group of Female Offenders
Journal: Criminal Justice and Behavior  Volume:25  Issue:1  Dated:(March 1998)  Pages:125-134
Author(s): G D Walters; W N Elliott; D Miscoll
Date Published: 1998
Page Count: 10
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article explores the psychometric performance of the Psychological Inventory of Criminal Thinking Styles (PICTS) in a group of female offenders.
Abstract: Subjects included 227 female inmates from two separate correctional facilities. The PICTS was used to obtain data on two validity scales (confusion and defensiveness) and eight thinking styles (mollification, cutoff, entitlement, power orientation, sentimentality, superoptimism, cognitive indolence, and discontinuity). Internal consistency, test-retest stability, concurrent validity, and factor structure of the PICTS were comparable to results obtained in an earlier study of male offenders. Females, however, achieved significantly higher scores on seven of the eight PICTS thinking style scales relative to the male normative sample. Two possible reasons why female offenders achieved significantly higher scores on PICTS scales than male offenders are suggested: (1) female offenders are more deviant than male offenders, given the greater prohibitions against acting out in women; and (2) female offenders are more open in completing the PICTS than previously tested male subjects. The potential value of the PICTS in measuring criminal thinking patterns of female offenders is discussed. 8 references and 4 tables
Main Term(s): Criminology
Index Term(s): Criminal justice research; Female inmates; Female offenders; Male female offender comparisons; Male offenders; Psychological research
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