The Integrated Psychosocial Model of Criminal Social Identity (IPM-CSI)
AffiliationUniversity of Huddersfield, Leeds Beckett University, University of Chester
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AbstractThe integrated psychosocial model of criminal social identity attempts to synthesize, distil, and extend our knowledge and understanding of why people develop criminal social identity, with a particular focus on the psychological and social factors involved. We suggest that the development of criminal social identity results from a complex interplay between four important groups of psychosocial factors: (1) an identity crisis which results in weak bonds with society, peer rejection, and is associated with poor parental attachment and supervision; (2) exposure to a criminal/antisocial environment in the form of associations with criminal friends before, during, and/or after incarceration; (3) a need for identification with a criminal group in order to protect one’s self-esteem; and (4) the moderating role of personality traits in the relationship between criminal/antisocial environment and the development of criminal social identity. The model produces testable hypotheses and points to potential opportunities for intervention and prevention. Directions for future research are discussed.
CitationBoduszek, D., Dhingra, K., & Debowska, A. (2016). The Integrated Psychosocial Model of Criminal Social Identity (IPM-CSI). Deviant Behavior, 37(9), 1023-1031. doi: 10.1080/01639625.2016.1167433
PublisherTaylor & Francis
DescriptionThis is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Deviant Behavior on 22/04/2016, available online: doi: 10.1080/01639625.2016.1167433
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