Comparative Study

| Published: March 15, 2018

Substance Abuse, Criminal Attitudes and Behavioural Patterns among First Time and Repeated Male Offenders

Reneesh K Rajan

Research Scholar, Dept. Of Criminology & Forensic Science, Maharaja’s College, University of Mysore, India

Lancy D’Souza

Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, Maharaja\'s College, University of Mysore –575 005, India

DIP: 18.01.064/20180601

DOI: 10.25215/0601.064


The primary objective of the current study was to examine whether the level of substance abuse, criminal attitudes and behavioural patterns related to higher level of offending among first time and repeated male offenders. Substance abuse, criminal attitude and behavioural patterns are some of the prominent features of explanation of crime, particularly in repeated offending. This paper aims to report a study that compared few of the criminogenic needs such as substance abuse, criminal attitudes and behavioural patterns. The sample of the study consisted of 100 first time male offenders and 100 repeated male offenders. Data were obtained from the participants with the help ORAS CST research tool developed by the University of Cincinnati. Analysis showed the whole majority of the sample studies had low levels of substance abuse and moderate levels of criminal attitudes and behavioural patterns. In substance abuse, repeated offenders had higher level of substance abuse than first time offenders. Repeated offenders expressed higher level of criminal attitudes and behavioural patterns than first time offenders.
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ISSN 2349-3429

DIP: 18.01.064/20180601

DOI: 10.25215/0601.064

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Published in   Volume 06, Issue 1, January-March, 2018