n Acta Criminologica: Southern African Journal of Criminology - Aggression and violence in South Africa : the role of antisocial personalities

Volume 25, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1012-8093



Antisocial personalities have been strongly associated with aggression and violence. To determine whether the same findings apply to offenders in South Africa, a sample of 500 male maximum security offenders was assessed with the Psychopathic Personality Inventory-Revised (PPI-R); subscales representing antisocial and dissocial personality disorders from the DSM-IV and ICD-10 Personality Questionnaire (DIP-Q); and the Aggression Questionnaire. Independent t-test analyses indicated significant differences in aggression between individuals with and those without antisocial personality disorder and dissocial personality disorder respectively. A multivariate analysis of variance indicated that total aggression scores, verbal aggression, and especially anger differ significantly between offenders with various levels of psychopathy.

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