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Further insights into the construct of criminal social identity: Validation of a revised measure in a prison population

Boduszek, D and Debowska, A (2017) Further insights into the construct of criminal social identity: Validation of a revised measure in a prison population. Journal of Forensic Psychiatry and Psychology. pp. 1-17. ISSN 1478-9957

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Abstract

The current study objective was to develop a revised version of the Measure of Criminal Social Identity (MCSI) with an increased number of indicators to more reliably capture three MCSI dimensions. Dimensionality and construct validity of the Measure of Criminal Social Identity – Revised (MCSI-R) was examined among a sample of systematically selected inmates (N = 2,192). Four competing models of the MCSI-R were specified and tested using Mplus with weighted least squares with mean and variance adjustment (WLSMV) estimation. Bifactor model with three meaningful factors (cognitive centrality, in-group affect, and in-group ties) while controlling for the general factor was the best fit for the data. Good composite reliability of the three MCSI-R dimensions was established. The three subscales of the MCSI-R evidence differential predictive utility for prisonization, number of incarcerations, self-esteem, and violent offending. Practical implications and directions for future research are discussed.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journal of Forensic Psychiatry and Psychology on 17th April 2017, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/14789949.2017.1318161
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1701 Psychology, 1103 Clinical Sciences
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology > Penology. Prisons. Corrections
Divisions: Natural Sciences and Psychology
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Date Deposited: 31 Mar 2017 09:51
Last Modified: 07 Sep 2017 04:12
DOI or Identification number: 10.1080/14789949.2017.1318161
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/6190

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