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Selected personality variables as psychological risk factors for homicide

ANNA WOLSKA1
1. Katedry Psychologii Uniwersytetu Szczecińskiego w Szczecinie
Postępy Psychiatrii i Neurologii, 2000, 9, suplement 2(10), 289-300
Keywords: homicide, risk factors, psychological examination, prediction

Abstract

In a group of predictors accountingfor 68.7% of the variance of homicide, the followingpersonality dimensions had significant effects:(1) anxiety –from negative to average in thehomicide group; (2) emotional competence-negative; (3) aggression and hostility –near averagelevel in the homicide group. Other significantpredictors were situational stress at the time of thecrime and biological functioning. The contribution(from strongest to weakest) of the different predictorscan be rank-ordered as follows: situationalstress then personality dimensions then biologicalfunctioning. Together this hierarchy predicts homicidewith a probability of almost 70%.

Address for correspondence:
Dr Anna Wolska, Katedra Psychologii Uniwersytetu Szczecińskiego,
ul. Wawrzyniaka 8, 70-392 Szczecin