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Irrational thinking in criminals and noncriminals.

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dc.contributor.author Noble, Randy V.
dc.date.accessioned 2012-08-01T14:38:18Z
dc.date.available 2012-08-01T14:38:18Z
dc.date.created 1987 en_US
dc.date.issued 2012-08-01
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/1954
dc.description 35 leaves en_US
dc.description.abstract A study comparing three populations (violent offenders versus nonviolent offenders versus a general population) for irrational beliefs was conducted. In addition, comparisons were made according to felony offense by race. The subjects were 120 felony offenders incarcerated at the Kansas Industrial Reformatory (KSIR) in Hutchison, Kansas. The control group consisted of 177 individuals from the general population sample used by Jones (1968) in constructing the Irrational Beliefs Test (IBT). Statistical data regarding demographic variables and type of offense were obtained from the Kansas Department of Corrections. The data were examined to determine if there was a significant association between criminal behavior and irrational beliefs. Ansalysis of variance (ANOVA) procedures indicated that there was no significant association between criminal behavior and irrational beliefs. Such findings are consistent with theories which describe the criminal as both sane and rational. other data were examined using t-test procedures to determine if there was an association between felony offense by race and by irrational beliefs. Results indicated no significant association between race, felony offense and irrational beliefs. Recommendations are given promoting research methodology that adequately distinquishes between the psychopathic and non-psychopathic offender in the criminal justice system. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.subject Thought and thinking. en_US
dc.subject Cognition. en_US
dc.subject Criminals. en_US
dc.subject Reasoning (Psychology) en_US
dc.title Irrational thinking in criminals and noncriminals. en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.college the teachers college en_US
dc.advisor David Dungan en_US
dc.department psychology en_US

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