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| Published: September 25, 2015

Family Dysfunction and Childhood Abuse and Trauma among Offenders

Behanan, S. E. ,

Institute of Behavioural Sciences, Gujarat Forensic Sciences University, Gujarat Google Scholar More about the auther

Rejani, T.G

Institute of Behavioural Sciences, Gujarat Forensic Sciences University, Gujarat Google Scholar More about the auther

DIP: 18.01.044/20150204

DOI: 10.25215/0204.044

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Introduction: In trying to understand the cycle between family dysfunction, childhood trauma and abuse and criminal behaviour, most studies have focused individually on different aspects of family dysfunction. Aim: To assess the family dysfunction and childhood abuse and trauma in offenders. Methodology: The research design used was cross-sectional research design. Sample size: Thirty adults with criminal back ground were selected from the prison. Purposive sampling was used for selecting the sample. Tools: Tools were used individually to assess family dysfunction, parenting styles, attachment styles and childhood abuse and trauma. The tools were Self-Report Family Inventory, Parental Authority Questionnaire, The Relationship’s Questionnaire and The Childhood Traumatic Events Scale. Results: Eighty percent of offenders have undergone childhood abuse and trauma. The predominant attachment style among male offenders was found to be dismissing avoidant attachment style. The predominant attachment style among female offenders was found to be secure attachment style. Among male and female offenders, the predominant parenting style of their parents was found to be authoritative parenting style. Majority of the offenders have reported their family system as problematic. Implication: The study throws light on family dysfunction in offenders and would be beneficial in a future rehabilitation model which could include therapeutic work to resolve childhood distress and trauma.
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Behanan, S. E. @ rejanigopal@yahoo.co.in

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ISSN 2348-5396

ISSN 2349-3429

DIP: 18.01.044/20150204

DOI: 10.25215/0204.044

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Published in   Volume 02, Issue 4, July-September, 2015

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