Volume 32, Issue 6 (November 1987)
Self- and Official Report of Name Variation Among Male Offenders
The author studied one hundred incarcerated adult male felons referred consecutively for psychiatric evaluation, asking each if he had ever changed his name. He then compared each offender's self-report with official institutional records for the presence of recorded name variations. Fifteen men admitted to having changed their names, while twenty three had officially recorded name variations. These groups appeared to overlap to some extent and had no statistically significant differences among a range of descriptive variables. However, they had what seemed to have been a different pattern of changing their names. The author concludes that these different methods for identifying name changes among criminals may look at alias use from different perspectives and should be used to complement one another.