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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 25  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 41-46

Personality correlates of criminals: A comparative study between normal controls and criminals


Department of Psychology, S.S.L.N.T. Women's College, Dhanbad, Jharkhand, India

Correspondence Address:
Sudhinta Sinha
2nd Floor, “Janki Niwas,” Dhaiya New Colony (Near Dhaiya Durga Mandir), P.O. Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad - 826 004, Jharkhand
India
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DOI: 10.4103/0972-6748.196058

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Background: Personality is a major factor in many kinds of behavior, one of which is criminal behavior. To determine what makes a criminal “a criminal,” we must understand his/her personality. This study tries to identify different personality traits which link criminals to their personality. Materials and Methods: In the present study, 37 male criminals of district jail of Dhanbad (Jharkhand) and 36 normal controls were included on a purposive sampling basis. Each criminal was given a personal datasheet and Cattel's 16 personality factors (PFs) scale for assessing their sociodemographic variables and different personality traits. Objective: The objective of this study was to examine the relation between personality traits and criminal behavior, and to determine whether such factors are predictive of future recidivism. Results: Results indicated high scores on intelligence, impulsiveness, suspicion, self-sufficient, spontaneity, self-concept control factors, and very low scores on emotionally less stable on Cattel's 16 PFs scale in criminals as compared with normal. Conclusion: Criminals differ from general population or non criminals in terms of personality traits.


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