The role of empathy in anger arousal in violent offenders and university students

Day, Andrew, Mohr, Philip, Howells, Kevin, Gerace, Adam and Lim, Loraine 2012, The role of empathy in anger arousal in violent offenders and university students, International journal of offender therapy and comparative criminology, vol. 56, no. 4, pp. 599-613, doi: 10.1177/0306624X11431061.

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Title The role of empathy in anger arousal in violent offenders and university students
Author(s) Day, Andrew
Mohr, Philip
Howells, Kevin
Gerace, Adam
Lim, Loraine
Journal name International journal of offender therapy and comparative criminology
Volume number 56
Issue number 4
Start page 599
End page 613
Total pages 15
Publisher Sage Publications
Place of publication Thousand Oaks, Calif.
Publication date 2012-06
ISSN 0306-624X
Keyword(s) empathy
violent offenders
perspective taking
Summary A lack of empathic responsiveness toward others has been consistently identified as an important antecedent to aggressive behavior and violent crime, with many rehabilitation programs for violent offenders incorporating treatment modules that are specifically designed to increase offender empathy. This study examined the extent to which cognitive (perspective taking) and affective (empathic concern, personal distress) empathy predicted anger in a clinical (male prisoners convicted of a violent offense) and a nonclinical (student) sample. Perspective taking emerged as the strongest predictor of self-reported anger in response to an interpersonal provocation, as well as being most consistently related to scores on measures of general trait anger and methods of anger control. While the relationship between perspective taking and anger was apparent for offenders as well as students, the results did not support the idea that an inability to perspective take is a particular characteristic of violent offenders.
Language eng
DOI 10.1177/0306624X11431061
Field of Research 180102 Access to Justice
Socio Economic Objective 940403 Criminal Justice
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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