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Attributions for offending between first-time and repeat non-violent offenders

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dc.contributor.author Lustig, Andrea
dc.date.accessioned 2011-08-29T03:11:06Z
dc.date.accessioned 2022-10-30T20:29:14Z
dc.date.available 2011-08-29T03:11:06Z
dc.date.available 2022-10-30T20:29:14Z
dc.date.copyright 1994
dc.date.issued 1994
dc.identifier.uri https://ir.wgtn.ac.nz/handle/123456789/26126
dc.description.abstract A study was undertaken to investigate attributional differences between two groups of inmates. Subjects were caucasian, non-violent, male offenders who were inmates of Arohata, Wellington, Rimutaka, and Manawatu prisons. They were sentenced for crimes such as theft, burglary, fraud, embezzlement, driving while disqualified and drug possession and drug trafficking. Subjects were selected on the basis of their ethnicity, offence, and prison term. The independent variable was number of previous imprisonments. Subjects were categorised as either first-time offenders (in which current prison term was the first served) or repeat offenders (in which the current prison term was at least their third imprisonment). On the basis that the criminal behaviour of first-time offenders has not been as persistent as that of repeat offenders it was hypothesised that the attributions offenders made about their offending behaviour would differ. The Four Attributional Dimension Scale (4-ADS) was utilised to examine the hypotheses. Specifically it was hypothesised that repeat offenders would make attributions that were more internal, more stable and more uncontrollable, and more global than first-time offenders. It was also hypothesised that differences would exist between the two groups on their reasons given for offending. Results were significant for the attributional dimensions of stability and globality. Repeat offenders were found to make more stable and global attributions about their offending behaviour than first-time offenders. Significant differences on the dimensions of internality and controllability were not found. Methodological limitations and suggestions for future research are discussed. en_NZ
dc.format pdf en_NZ
dc.language en_NZ
dc.language.iso en_NZ
dc.publisher Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington en_NZ
dc.title Attributions for offending between first-time and repeat non-violent offenders en_NZ
dc.type Text en_NZ
vuwschema.type.vuw Awarded Research Masters Thesis en_NZ
thesis.degree.discipline Clinical and Community Psychology en_NZ
thesis.degree.grantor Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington en_NZ
thesis.degree.level Masters en_NZ


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