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Title: The role of attachment in violent offending and violence in institutions
Author: Ratip, Derya Eray
ISNI:       0000 0004 2734 0945
Awarding Body: University of Birmingham
Current Institution: University of Birmingham
Date of Award: 2013
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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.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Foren.Psy.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: BF Psychology