The role of aggression-related cognition in the aggressive behavior of offenders: a general aggression model perspective

Flora Jane Gilbert, Michael David Daffern, Diana Talevski, James Robert Ogloff

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In the present study, the role of three aggression-related knowledge structures-normative beliefs, behavioral scripts, and early maladaptive schema-along with trait anger, were examined with respect to the aggressive behavior of an offender sample. Normative beliefs and scripts were associated with aggression over and above the effect of anger, with these variables accounting for almost a quarter of the variance in participants aggression. These findings suggest that the knowledge structures described by the GAM concurrently increase aggression and underscore the need for more routine and systematic targeting of aggression-related cognitions in violent offenders
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)119 - 138
Number of pages20
JournalCriminal Justice and Behavior
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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