The Mediating Effect of Psychopathic Personality Disorder as a Pathway to RecidivismTarekegn Tadesse Gemeda*
Department of Psychology, Dilla University, Institute of Educational and Behavioural Sciences, Ethiopia
- *Corresponding Author:
- Tarekegn Tadesse Gemeda
Department of Psychology, Dilla University
Institute of Educational and Behavioural Sciences
E-mail: [email protected]
Received date: June 03, 2017; Accepted date: July 11, 2017; Published date: July 18, 2017
Citation: Gemeda TT (2017) The Mediating Effect of Psychopathic Personality Disorder as a Pathway to Recidivism. J Psychol Psychother 7:316. doi:10.4172/2161-0487.1000316
Copyright: © 2017 Gemeda TT. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Testing the indirect effect of psychopathic personality towards recidivism has been one of the overlooked areas within criminological studies. Based on this fact, the current study articulated the mediated effect of psychopathic personality towards recidivism against criminality attitude, knowledge on criminality, prison syndrome, social exclusion, peer influence and drug abuse as premeditated factors. One-hundred and ninety-six adult offenders with repeated criminal records since three years later participated in the semi-structured interview. Structural Equation Modelling conferred drug abuse, associate influence, and social exclusions had indirect effect on recidivism through psychopathic personality. Yet, knowledge on criminality and drug abuse was partially mediated by psychopathic personality. Implications for crime prevention and reduction are discussed from the lens of policy and practice strategies.