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Feb 27, 2019

27th European Congress of Psychiatry

07 - THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN EMOTION REGULATION PROCESSES AND CRIMINAL ANTECEDENTS IN A SAMPLE OF MALE INMATES

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Introduction Previous studies have identified several criminal risk factors among prisoners. Nevertheless there are still variables that were not sufficiently explored. These include emotion regulation processes, such as self-compassion, self-judgment and self-control. This study aimed to address the relationship between emotion regulation processes and criminal antecedents in a sample of inmates. Method A total of 91 male prisoners were recruited, aged between 22 and 65 years old, the mean age being 38.05 (SD = 9.93) years. For data collection, the Self-compassion Scale and the Self-Control Scale were used. Results Self-compassion and self-judgment scores were similar to those found in community samples. Regarding low self-control, particularly impulsivity, results indicated that this variable seems to be present in a more pronounced way in younger subjects, lower educated and presenting an earlier start of criminal behaviour. Conclusions Study limitations include the small sample size, and recruitment procedure, which may have introduced biases in the results. In addition, the absence of a social desirability measure may also be a limitation. However, the study allowed identifying variables such as impulsivity and self-judgment, which may be directly integrated in intervention programs targeting this population. A reduction in impulsivity and self-judgement may, in turn, promote a decrease in low self-control.

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