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NCJ Number: 90415 Find in a Library
Title: Assertion and Overcontrolled Hostility Among Mentally Disordered Murderers
Journal: Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology  Volume:51  Issue:4  Dated:(August 1983)  Pages:550-556
Author(s): V L Quinsey; A Maguire; G W Varney
Date Published: 1983
Page Count: 7
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The Overcontrolled Hostility (O-H) subscale of the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory differentiates murderers without previous criminal records from men who have committed less serious assaults and murderers with extensive histories of assault.
Abstract: Murderers scoring high on the O-H scale are described as passive and unassertive on the basis of their histories, and psychometric correlates of the O-H scale support this description. The purpose of the present study was to determine whether men who had committed very severe assaults and who scored high on the O-H scale had assertion deficits that could be measured behaviorally. High O-H murderers or attempted murderers in a maximum security psychiatric institution were compared with low O-H murderers or attempted murderers, non-person offenders, and a control group of primarily unemployed men from the local community on a variety of assertion measures. The high O-H group was significantly less assertive than each of the other groups in role playing tasks and on a questionnaire that asked subjects how aggressive they would be in extremely provocative situations. These findings support the O-H construct and suggest that assertion training may be a useful therapeutic technique to employ with high O-H murderers. (Publisher abstract)
Index Term(s): Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory; Murder; Offender profiles
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