The role of attachment in violent offending and violence in institutions

Ratip, Derya Eray (2013). The role of attachment in violent offending and violence in institutions. University of Birmingham. Foren.Psy.D.

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This thesis examines attachment style in an offending population, across different types of offender with a focus on violent offending and institutional violence.

Chapter One presents a systematic review exploring attachment style and offending behaviour. 9 studies were included and identified that attachment theory is useful in understanding the internal process of the offender as they are more likely than non-offenders to have an insecure attachment. However, the focus was on sex offenders so the need for more research looking at different offender groups was highlighted.

Chapter Two presents a study exploring attachment, anger and violence in 72 males detained in a high secure hospital. Statistically significant findings showed that the entire sample were more likely to have a dismissive attachment style, but sex offenders were more likely to be secure in attachment style compared to violent offenders. In addition, those with a secure style had lower anger temperament scores compared to those with an insecure style.

Chapter Three presents a critique of the State-Trait Anger Expression Inventory-2 (Spielberger, 1999) as literature has previously linked anger with violence and the tool was used in the study. Identifying reliability, validity and limitations is likely to benefit future research and practice.

Type of Work: Thesis (Doctorates > Foren.Psy.D.)
Award Type: Doctorates > Foren.Psy.D.
Hamilton-Giachritsis, CatherineUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
College/Faculty: Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Life & Environmental Sciences
School or Department: School of Psychology
Funders: None/not applicable
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology


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