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Role of Impulsivity in Antisocial and Violent Behavior and Personality among Incarcerated Women

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This course is based upon material published in the journal Criminal Justice and Behavior by Sage Publications on behalf of the International Association for Correctional and Forensic Psychology (IACFP).  This course, including the continuing education credits are offered free of charge as a benefit to all IACFP members via the web link http://cjb.sagepub.com/content/34/11/1499.full.pdf+html   

This study investigated the relationships among impulsivity, antisocial and violent behavior, and personality disorders in 590 female inmates of a maximum-security female prison. Measures included the Barratt Impulsivity Scale, Prison Violence

Inventory, Structured Clinical Interview for DSM-IV Personality Disorders Screening Questionnaire, numbers of institutional infractions recorded in inmate files, and violent versus nonviolent offending. Results showed that impulsivity was associated with personality psychopathology and aggressive and antisocial behavior. In contrast to findings of studies with male inmates, female violent offenders did not demonstrate higher levels of impulsivity than nonviolent offenders.

Forensic and clinical psychologists can benefit from this course.  In addition, this course is appropriate for social workers and professional counselors, especially those interested in forensic psychology or those who work within the criminal justice system. This course is appropriate for intermediate and advanced level practitioners who wish to enhance their knowledge of anti-social and violent behavior among women, especially those in secure justice settings. 

Authors: Komarovskaya, Loper, Warren

Learning Objectives: This course will provide the practitioner with detailed information regarding violent behavior in women. Specifically, a professional will:

  • Identify relationship among impulsivity, antisocial and violent behavior, and personality disorders among incarcerated women.
  • Distinguish the link between impulsivity and aggression.
  • Describe gender differences in impulsivity, antisocial, and aggressive behavior among inmates.

Citation:   Komarovskaya, I., Loper, A. B., Warren, J., (2007). The Role of Impulsivity in Antisocial and Violent Behavior and Personality Disorders among Incarcerated Women. Criminal Justice and Behavior Vol 34 No 11.

 

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