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Personality is a major factor in many kinds of behavior, one of which is criminal behavior. This study tries to identify different personality traits which link criminals to their personality.
In the present study, 37 male criminals of district jail of Dhanbad Jharkhand and 36 normal controls were included on a purposive sampling basis. Each criminal was given a personal datasheet and Cattel's 16 personality factors PFs scale for assessing their sociodemographic variables and different personality traits. The objective of this study was to examine the relation between personality traits and criminal behavior, and to determine whether such factors are predictive of future recidivism.
Results indicated high scores on intelligence, impulsiveness, suspicion, self-sufficient, spontaneity, self-concept control factors, and very low scores on emotionally less stable on Cattel's 16 PFs scale in criminals as compared with normal.
Criminals differ from general population or non criminals in terms of personality traits. Are criminals born or made? This question has baffled psychologists, sociologists, and criminologists for many years, and efforts have been made to establish the nature of criminality. In the s, it was thought that home life, upbringing, inconsistent affection, physical abuse, and inconsistent discipline could result in criminality. Another area that may suggest an individual's personality is likely to cause criminal behavior is that of psychopathy.
They are incapable of loyalty to individuals, groups, or social values. It usually begins in childhood or as teen and continues into their adult life. This study also indicates that there are debates that try to relate or predict criminality by looking at the factors of an individual's personality. Behavior is largely a result of the way a person thinks.
A personality is what makes a person. Even though a person might have the look of a criminal, the thought patterns of that person are what make them a criminal. The criminal's decisions to commit crimes come from abnormal thinking patterns, says a psychoanalyst from St. Elizabeth's Hospital. Researchers Yocheleson and Samenow identify similar thought patterns found in crimes, which include constant lying, fail to develop empathy, expect their desires to be catered to them, loving someone for doing what they want, black and white thinkers no middle ground or moderation , and blame others.
Criminals who have been tested are proved to be less responsible, intolerant, and deficient in self-control, according to the California Psychological Inventory. Some of the most studied researches into the origins of crime and personality have been done by Professor Hans Eysenck, who spent years defining whether criminal behavior had any relationship with personality. He identified that personalities have three dimensions.
First, psychoticism describes people as being aggressive, egocentric, and impulsive. Second, neuroticism describes people with low self-esteem, anxiety, and wide mood swings. The third is extroversion, which describes the personality of an individual who is sensation-seeking, dominant, and assertive. A majority of these traits are found in criminals, which have been studied and classified. A study was conducted by Cauffman on personality traits in a consecutive series of male prisoners in Swedish jails sentenced for serious criminality.
The investigation included a psychiatric examination by means of the Structured Clinical Interview as well as information taken from criminal records. In the KSP, high scores were found in scales related to impulsiveness, sensation-seeking, nervous tension and distress, cognitive-social anxiety, hostility, and aggression.
Very low scores were found in the socialization scale, reflecting a high degree of psychopathy-related personality traits. Furthermore, psychopathy-related personality traits were common. In the relation between personality traits and crime, two studies were conducted by Krueger et al. In both the studies, they found multiple and independent measures of personality and delinquent involvement.
The personality correlates of delinquency were robust in different nations, in different age cohorts, across gender, and across race.
Greater delinquent participation was associated with a personality configuration characterized by high-negative emotionality the tendency to experience aversive affective states and weak constraint difficulty in impulse control. They were asked to complete questionnaires, assessing distress and restraint relating to personality characteristics.
Results indicate a significant association between self-reported levels of distress and restraint prior to criminal behavior as well as behavior during incarceration. In a study of criminals by Bhojak, et al. Weak ego strength was noted among juvenile delinquents Dhila and Yagnik, [ 17 ] and criminals Bhardwaj, Dayal, et al.
He described that criminals had a lower self-esteem and social esteem indicating a lack of self-regard, thus exhibit neurotic traits such as anxiety, irritability, hostility, maladjustment, and insecurity. He reported considerable depression among married female prisoners. He found that female convicts were suffering from feelings of anxiety, guilt, insecurity, and low self-esteem.
A study conducted by Bhosle on a sample of 69 female convicts revealed that the inmates were found to be maladjusted in marital life and relations. Offenders group comprised convicted prisoners for different crimes such as murder, rape, and robbery, selected from Birsa Munda Central Jail, Hotwar, Ranchi, Jharkhand, India, based on a purposive sampling.
The convicted offenders group obtained significantly lower scores on EI compared to normal controls. The role of various sociodemographic variables in substance abusers, which affected their criminal behavior, was also studied and it was found that personality characteristics of the substance abusers differed significantly from the normal controls, and the number of variables including occupational status, socioeconomic status, family history of substance use, and type of substance abuse significantly correlated with the criminal behavior in the substance abusers.
Results indicated that four psychological traits: Personality traits, low self-control, aggressive behavior, and cognitive distortion act as the major psychological factor underlying criminal behavior within an individual. Crimes vary in degree of severity according to the severity of the punishment. Crimes are generally graded into three categories: a Summary - It is relatively minor crime. Punishment is usually a monetary fine and short period of jail time a few days up to a few months b Misdemeanors - It is less serious crime, lower level of intent to kill or harm to any specific victim or society, punishable by jail time of 1 year or less.
The fundamental distinction between felonies and misdemeanors depends on the penalty and the power of imprisonment. Here, in the present study, criminals from the last two categories were included. The aim and objective of this study was to examine the relation between personality traits and criminal behavior, and to determine whether such personality traits are predictive of future recidivism.
A sample of 37 male, convicted criminals of district jail of Dhanbad Jharkhand was included in this study on a purposive sampling basis. Their crimes were of different kinds such as murder, rape, theft, kidnapping, forgery, dowry death, and dacoity as per the Indian Penal Code. The age ranges from 20 to 65 years mean age — In socioeconomics, three categories, i. The average family income of the 37 criminals was Rs.
In control group, 37 normal controls were taken from the general population noncriminal. A designed pro forma was used to collect sociodemographic variables.
It is an objective scorable test devised by Cattel in It measures the 16 dimensions of the personality, and all the 16 factors are bipolar. After obtaining permission from the concerned authorities, the criminals were interviewed and the tests were administered after establishing a good rapport with them. Mean and standard deviation of Sten scores of criminal and normal controls for 16 personality dimensions. Studies from outside of India strongly suggest how personality influences criminal activity.
In this connection, we can quote the study of Lombrosso — , who is regarded as the father of criminology, developed a theory that some people are genetically closer to their primate ancestors than others; he proposed that some people are born with an innate predisposition to criminality and antisocial behavior.
Further, he concluded that criminals had distinguishing physical features that set them apart from noncriminal population. High score on H factor indicates criminals' thick skinniness that enables them to face wear and tear in dealing with people and grueling emotional situations, carelessness, have a tendency to ignore danger signals, actively interested in the opposite sex, always ready to try new things, and abundant in emotional response [ Table 1 ].
High score on I factor indicates that criminals have a tendency to be tender minded, daydreaming, sensitive, sometimes demanding of attention and help, and impractical [ Table 1 ]. Again high score on Q3 factor shows criminals tend to have strong control of their emotions, and the general behavior is inclined to be socially aware and careful [ Table 1 ].
Low score on B, F, N, and Q4 factors revealed their below average level of intelligence, restrained tendency, unsophisticated, sentimental, sometimes crude and awkward behavior, and tends to be relaxed and satisfied [ Table 1 ]. Although criminals did not differ much from normal controls on factor C, their low score on this scale revealed their tendency to be emotionally less stable [ Table 1 ].
These findings can also be seen at a glance in the graph [ Figure 1 ]. This finding is consistent with the previous studies that were done by Caspi et al. Only factor Q3 on which criminals scored higher than normal controls indicates their strong control in emotion which was not consistent with the findings of the previous study [ Table 1 ].
Although the criminal scores on Q3 factor were higher than normal, it was within average range, as the mean score was 5. It may be due to the fact that today the nature and technique of crime is changing rapidly from earlier. Not only that, new and advanced technology is also being used in committing crime, which requires enough control in using them. The results support the view that criminals differ from general population or non-criminals in terms of personality features. These traits have also discriminant and predictive validity for future recidivism.
However, there is a dearth of literature in this field. Hence, there is a considerable gap in this area, and it is suggested that more research is needed. The author would like to thank Mr. National Center for Biotechnology Information , U.
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Abstract Background: Personality is a major factor in many kinds of behavior, one of which is criminal behavior. Materials and Methods: In the present study, 37 male criminals of district jail of Dhanbad Jharkhand and 36 normal controls were included on a purposive sampling basis. Objective: The objective of this study was to examine the relation between personality traits and criminal behavior, and to determine whether such factors are predictive of future recidivism.
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Personality is a major factor in many kinds of behavior, one of which is criminal behavior. This study tries to identify different personality traits which link criminals to their personality. In the present study, 37 male criminals of district jail of Dhanbad Jharkhand and 36 normal controls were included on a purposive sampling basis. Each criminal was given a personal datasheet and Cattel's 16 personality factors PFs scale for assessing their sociodemographic variables and different personality traits. The objective of this study was to examine the relation between personality traits and criminal behavior, and to determine whether such factors are predictive of future recidivism. Results indicated high scores on intelligence, impulsiveness, suspicion, self-sufficient, spontaneity, self-concept control factors, and very low scores on emotionally less stable on Cattel's 16 PFs scale in criminals as compared with normal. Criminals differ from general population or non criminals in terms of personality traits.
This article concentrates on the concept of crime, its elements, criminology, various stages in commission of crime, causes of crime and types of.
White-collar crime or corporate crime , more accurately refers to financially motivated, nonviolent crime committed by businesses and government professionals. Modern criminology generally rejects a limitation of the term by reference, [ jargon ] rather it classifies the type of crime and the topic:. The types of crime committed are a function of what is available to the potential offender. Thus, those employed in relatively unskilled environments have fewer opportunities to exploit than those who work in situations where large financial transactions occur. Therefore, blue-collar crime will more often use physical force, whereas in the corporate world, the identification of a victim is less obvious and the issue of reporting is complicated by a culture of commercial confidentiality to protect shareholder value.
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