Thesis Title: De-individuation, Locus of Control and Attitude towards Crime in University Students

Author Name: Zakia Mumtaz

Supervisor: Faiz Younas

Year: 2017

Degree: MSC

Department: Institute of Applied Psychology

University: Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan

Corresponding Address: Department of Applied Psychology, University of the Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan. Email: chairperson@appsy.pu.edu.pk, Phone: 92-42-9231245

Abstract

The present study aimed to investigate the relationship among de individuation, locus of control and attitude towards crime in university students. It was hypothesized that there would be positive relationship among the de-individuation, locus of control and attitude towards crime. It was also hypothesized that de-individuation and locus of control would likely to predict attitude towards crime. Cross-sectional correlational research design was used and sample was collected with the help of purposive sampling (only that male students were selected for data collection who were affiliated to any student community like Jamiat, Baloch or any other). The collected sample of students mainly consisted of (N = 100) only male students from university of the Punjab. Self-consciousness Scale (Scheier & Carver, 2013), Levenson Multidimensional Locus of Control Scale (Levenson, 1973) and Criminal Attitude Scale (Taylor, 1968) were used to assess the study variables. Data and variables were analyzed by using SPSS version 21 to explore descriptive statistics, Pearson Product Moment Correlation and Hierarchal Regression analysis. Result showed a significant positive relationship between private self-consciousness and criminal attitude in university students. While the concept of public self- consciousness and locus of control were not proved to be significantly correlated with attitude toward crimes, therefore, the hypothesis was rejected. Results also revealed that self-consciousness and locus of control failed to predict the attitude towards crime thus the prediction hypothesis was also disapproved, but the demographic variable like marital status predicted the attitude toward crime. The present research concentrates on the criminal attitude of student’s communities. This research will help for understanding student’s attitude toward crime and also concerned with other problems of students that induce criminal tendencies in them.

Keywords:

Locus  of  control,  de-individuation,  attitude  towards crime.