Journal Published Online: 01 May 2001
Volume 46, Issue 3

Criminals' Explanations of Their Criminal Behavior, III: The Effects of Time and Context



The authors looked at the explanations for their index of violent crimes as given by 69 incarcerated violent male offenders, respectively. We then examined the extent to which those explanations changed with the passing of time and with change in context. We found that explanations of impaired internal control increased with the passing of time, and that such explanation was given more often to mental health professionals rather than law enforcement professionals. Finally, we found that our subjects tended to give mental health professionals fewer explanations involving external control with the passing of time.

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Harry, B
University of Missouri, Columbia, MO
Molitor, J
University of Missouri, Columbia, MO
Hewett, J
University of Missouri, Columbia, MO
Reid, J
University of Missouri, Columbia, MO
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ISSN: 0022-1198
DOI: 10.1520/JFS15005J