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Title: Social perception in 'abnormal' aggressive offenders
Author: Howells, Kevin
ISNI:       0000 0001 3582 7719
Awarding Body: University of Birmingham
Current Institution: University of Birmingham
Date of Award: 1977
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In this thesis an attempt is made to understand a group of mentallY abnormal aggressive offenders confined to a Special Hospital. Literature pertaining to violent offences is discussed, the relevance of 'psychopathy' is assessed, and an attempt is made to provide a framework of attribution theory for understanding social perceptions. Four studies are described. In the first a group of aggressive offenders is compared with a group of non-aggressive prisoners on repertory grid and questionnaire measures. In the second, one-off and multiple offending aggressors are compared. In the third the evaluation of victims of offences is assessed in terms of repertory grid measures. In the fourth study correlations are reported between grid measures and a variety of psychometric, behavioural and psychophysiological variables. The results are tentatively interpreted as providing some evidence for the notion of 'overcontrol'. An attempt is made to provide a preliminary cognitive model of overcontrol. Future directions for research are suggested.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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