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SELF-SERVING COGNITIVE DISTORTIONS AND ANTISOCIAL BEHAVIOR AMONG ADULTS AND ADOLESCENTS
Skane University Hospital.
University Orebro.
Swedish Prison and Probat Service.
Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Preventive and Social Medicine and Public Health Science. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
2011 (English)In: CRIMINAL JUSTICE AND BEHAVIOR, ISSN 0093-8548, Vol. 38, no 3, 286-301 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The reliability and validity of the self-report questionnaire How I Think (HIT), designed to assess self-serving cognitive distortions related to antisocial behavior, was tested among Swedish offender and nonoffender adults and adolescents (N = 364). The results showed self-serving distortions to be more common among offenders and to predict self-reported antisocial behavior when tested among adults. Confirmatory factor analysis revealed, in contrast to earlier findings, that the underlying structure of the HIT was best explained by a three-factor solution with one major cognitive factor, referred to as "criminal mind." It was concluded that the HIT, after further examination of its structural and divergent validity, could be used as a measure of criminal thinking in adults as well as in adolescents.

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Sage Publications Ltd , 2011. Vol. 38, no 3, 286-301 p.
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HIT, self-serving cognitive distortions, antisocial behavior, criminal attitudes, dynamic risk assessment
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Medical and Health Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-67028DOI: 10.1177/0093854810396139ISI: 000286810400005OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-67028DiVA: diva2:406284
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The final, definitive version of this paper has been published in: CRIMINAL JUSTICE AND BEHAVIOR, (38), 3, 286-301, 2011. Marta Wallinius, Peter Johansson, Martin Larden and Mats Dernevik, SELF-SERVING COGNITIVE DISTORTIONS AND ANTISOCIAL BEHAVIOR AMONG ADULTS AND ADOLESCENTS http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0093854810396139 by SAGE Publications Ltd, All rights reserved. http://www.uk.sagepub.com/ Available from: 2011-03-25 Created: 2011-03-25 Last updated: 2012-03-15

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