Criminal Social Identity of Recidivistic Prisoners: The Role of Self-Esteem, Family and Criminal Friends

Daniel Boduszek, Gary Adamson, Mark Shevlin, John Mallett, Philip Hyland

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The aim of this paper is to focus on the factors that can significantly contribute to the presence of criminal social identity within a sample of recidivistic prisoners (N = 312) using structural equation modelling. Six latent variables were identified: criminal associations with close friends, positive self-esteem, negative self-esteem, cognitive centrality, in-group affect, and in-group ties. Results suggest that criminal social identity is characterized by various internal and external factors including the direct effects of associations with criminal friends, which is influenced by insufficient or absent parental supervision at an early stage of development. It was also found that early peer rejection is not a sufficient predictor of associations with criminal friends and the criminal social identity. This study also provides further support for Social Identity Theory with regards to the role of self-esteem in the development of criminal social identification.
LanguageEnglish
Pages15-25
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Police and Criminal Psychology
Volume28
Issue number1
Early online date18 May 2012
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 5 Apr 2013
Externally publishedYes

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Boduszek, Daniel ; Adamson, Gary ; Shevlin, Mark ; Mallett, John ; Hyland, Philip. / Criminal Social Identity of Recidivistic Prisoners : The Role of Self-Esteem, Family and Criminal Friends. In: Journal of Police and Criminal Psychology. 2013 ; Vol. 28, No. 1. pp. 15-25.
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In: Journal of Police and Criminal Psychology, Vol. 28, No. 1, 05.04.2013, p. 15-25.

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