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Predictors of antisocial behaviour in offenders: An application of the Theory of Planned Behaviour

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dc.contributor.advisor Hennig, Karl MacTavish, Angele 2016-04-20T18:20:06Z 2016-04-20T18:20:06Z 2015-11 2015-11-12 2016-04-20
dc.description.abstract This study contributes to the understanding of antisocial behaviour following release from custody (i.e., recidivism) by clarifying the role specific determinants play in the prediction of antisocial behaviour. The current study examined both the empirically based forensic model and the conceptually based Theory of Planned Behaviour (TPB) model in the prediction of antisocial behaviour. This study also evaluated the effectiveness of the Criminal Attitudes Program (CAP program), a treatment program designed to decrease antisocial attitudes and subsequent antisocial behaviour in correctional offenders. Correctional offenders (N = 930) completed self-report measures of antisocial and prosocial tendencies upon commencement and upon completion of the CAP program. Antisocial behaviour was measured using rearrest data. A psychometrically sound set of measures was developed to evaluate the TPB model and CAP program, based on original questionnaires. CAP program completion was associated with significant and positive changes from pre- to post-treatment. However, there was no correlation between CAP program completion and antisocial behaviour upon release. Path modeling indicated the TPB model predicted CAP program completion and antisocial behaviour severity upon release. Findings highlight the importance of using the theoretically driven TPB model to examine direct and indirect predictors of antisocial behaviour, in addition to the forensic-empirical model. Important theoretical and practical implications are discussed. en_US
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dc.subject Antisocial Behaviour en_US
dc.subject Criminal Attitudes en_US
dc.subject Offender Treatment en_US
dc.subject Theory of Planned Behaviour en_US
dc.title Predictors of antisocial behaviour in offenders: An application of the Theory of Planned Behaviour en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US Psychology en_US Doctor of Philosophy en_US Department of Psychology en_US
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