CRIMINAL THINKING PATTERNS
SAMPLE : 255 participants
MIDDLE CLASS. LOWER CLASS.
CITY DWELLERS.COUNTRY FOLK. VARIETY = REPRESENTATIVE !
NO CONTROL GROUP.
INTERVIEW / SELF REPORT METHOD - meant to be a cathartic /therapy treatment ( USEFUL ?)
results - 52 THINKING ERRORS
Criminals have 52 characteristic thinking errors !
Feel themselves isolated.
Lack of Empathy.
PRO'S & CON'S
STRENGTHS & WEAKNESSES
Longitudinal study - alot of Qualitative data collected over SEVERAL years of interviews
NO CONTROL GROUP - we do not know if it is just criminals that think like this or if many non-criminals have these thoughts of isolation / irratation too ?
Self Report method - lying could have been a factor in interviews to disturb results.
in attempt to seem themselves different from the rest or just play up to researcher.
CHANGED aim of study
Deeper insight into Criminal Personalities
Changing/ Altering Criminal Thinking patterns
Examing ONLY Criminal thinking patterns