Women offenders' emotional experience of crime

Ciesla, Kayley and Ioannou, Maria and Hammond, Laura (2018) Women offenders' emotional experience of crime. Journal of Investigative Psychology and Offender Profiling, 15 (3). pp. 287-303. ISSN 1544-4759

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The main aim of the study was to examine the emotional experiences of crime amongst women offenders. 128 women offenders, with a mean age of 36.40 years (SD = 11.12), completed a questionnaire exploring emotions they had experienced whilst committing a crime. Participants included incarcerated individuals as well as those in community-based projects. Smallest Space Analysis of the emotions highlighted four key themes; Depression, Distress, Elation and Calm. Results reflected the circumplex model of emotions (Russell, 1997), but highlighted strong distinction between pleasure and displeasure. Overall, the majority of women reported negative emotional experiences of crime. Understanding how individuals felt during their crime commission, offers alternative perspectives of criminal behaviour and a framework for future explorations. Results offer crucial insights for policy makers, criminal investigations and therapeutic treatment options.

Item Type: Article
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1002/jip.1512
6 August 2018Accepted
30 August 2018Published Online
Uncontrolled Keywords: emotions and crime, offender typologies, women offenders
Subjects: CAH04 - psychology > CAH04-01 - psychology > CAH04-01-01 - psychology (non-specific)
Divisions: Faculty of Business, Law and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences > Dept. Psychology
Depositing User: Silvio Aldrovandi
Date Deposited: 15 Aug 2018 15:27
Last Modified: 03 Mar 2022 15:42
URI: https://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/6245

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