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Journal of Criminal Psychology

ISSN: 2009-3829

Online from: 2011

Subject Area: Health and Social Care

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Negative Relating and Offense Type

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Title:Negative Relating and Offense Type
Author(s):Michelle Newberry, (HM Prison Grendon, Buckinghamshire, UK Department of Psychology, University of Portsmouth, Hampshire, UK), John Birtchnell, (Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London, UK)
Citation:Michelle Newberry, John Birtchnell, (2011) "Negative Relating and Offense Type", Journal of Criminal Psychology, Vol. 1 Iss: 1, pp.24 - 35
Keywords:Negative relating, Offense type, PROQ3, Relating theory, Therapeutic community
Article type:General review
DOI:10.1108/20093829201100003 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Abstract:This study explores whether particular forms of negative (i.e. antisocial) relating, as measured by the eight scales of the shorter Person’s Relating to Others Questionnaire (PROQ3), were associated with specific types of offend-ing behaviour. The participants were 923 male offenders at a therapeutic community prison who had completed the PROQ3 on admission. The PROQ3 scores of eight offense groups identified on the basis of an offender’s index offense were compared using a one-way analysis of variance (ANOVA). In addition, because most prisoners had committed a range of offenses, the PROQ3 scores of ‘pure’ offenders (who had committed only one type of offense) were also com-pared. Neutral distance (e.g. suspicion, self-reliance) and lower closeness (e.g. fear of rejection and disapproval) were the PROQ3 scales most significantly associated with criminality in general and dishonest offenders demonstrated the broadest range of negative relating. Implications of findings for therapy are discussed.

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