What is it about?
Different trajectories of self-control found in forensic psychiatric patients during their time in treatment, and the variables (intelligence, criminal factors, clinical factors) associated with trajectory membership. Most patients showed changes over time at different rates in both impulsivity and coping skills indicators, more problematic and stable trajectories were associated with a worse criminal history and more recidivism.
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Why is it important?
Self-control is seen as one of the main predictors of crime, but has rarely been investigated in mentally ill offenders. As patients are treated with the aim of resocialization, it is important to reduce the risk of crime, which may happen true the improvement of self-control. Seeing how self-control changes during treatment and what types of factors this depends on may be valuable to further guide treatment.
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This page is a summary of: Trajectories of Self-control in a Forensic Psychiatric Sample: Stability and Association with Psychopathology, Criminal History, and Recidivism, Criminal Justice and Behavior, June 2019, SAGE Publications, DOI: 10.1177/0093854819856051.
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