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Predicting Offenders' Criminogenic Cognitions With Status Variables

NCJ Number
Criminal Justice and Behavior Volume: 39 Issue: 1 Dated: January 2012 Pages: 5-25
Jon T. Mandracchia; Robert D. Morgan
Date Published
January 2012
21 pages
This study examined if certain thinking styles promote criminal behavior.
Certain thinking styles promote criminal behavior, and these criminogenic cognitions are not engaged in equally by all offenders. It is imperative to know which offenders are engaging in more criminogenic thinking so their problematic thinking can be targeted and altered during correctional treatment programming. In doing so, correctional mental health professionals may help reduce recidivism. In the current investigation, the researchers sought to identify offenders most likely to engage in criminogenic cognitions on the basis of status variables (i.e., demographic, incarceration, and mental health variables) using data from 595 adult male incarcerated offenders. Findings indicate that younger offenders, less educated offenders, Black and Hispanic offenders, single (i.e., not in a relationship) offenders, offenders without a violent index offense, offenders with a psychological disorder, and offenders not participating in mental health services all endorsed higher levels of some types of criminogenic cognitions. These findings have important implications for correctional mental health care practice toward criminal recidivism reduction. (Published Abstract)