Thesis Title: Personality, Emotional Instability and Criminal Thinking among Female Offenders

Student Name: Amna Nazakat

Supervisor: Zaeema Farooq

Degree: MSc

Year: 2016-2018

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 was carried out to find the relationship among personality, emotional instability and criminal thinking in female offenders. It was hypothesized that there would be relationship among personality, emotional instability and criminal thinking in female offenders. It was also hypothesized that personality and emotional instability would predict criminal thinking in female offenders. The sample comprised of N = 50 convicted females age rang 18 to 70 years  by using purposive sampling technique from Central Jail Lahore and District Jail Pakpattan. Ten Item Personality Inventory (TIPI; Gosling, Rentfrow & Swann, 2003), Positive and Negative Affect Schedule (PANAS; Watson & Clark, 1988) and Criminal Thinking Scale (Knight, Simpson & Morey, 2002) were used for data collection. The findings indicated that extroversion was positively correlated with justification, criminal orientation and personal irresponsibility, conscientiousness was positively correlated with negative affect, emotional instability was positively correlated with entitlement, positive affect was negatively correlated with cold heartedness and criminal rationalization, negative affect was positively correlated with criminal rationalization and negatively correlated with personal irresponsibility. Moreover, entitlement was positively correlated with power orientation and cold heartedness, justification was positively correlated with power oriented, criminal rationalization and personal irresponsibility. In case of prediction extraversion was a positive predictor of justification and power orientation, criminal rationalization and personal irresponsibility. Positive affect was a positive predictor of power orientation and negative predictor of cold heartedness. Also, negative affect was positive predictor of criminal rationalization and personal irresponsibility. This research holds implications in research in criminal and forensic settings.

Keywords: Personality, emotional instability, criminal thinking, female offenders.

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