oa IFE PsychologIA : An International Journal - Are people in prisons offenders or patients?: The Eysenck three-factor personality trait explanation

Volume 5, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1117-1421



This study examined the question of whether people locked up in prisons are offenders or patients against the background of Eysenck three-factor personality trait theory. This was predicated on the assumption that prisoners when compared with normal control group will be different on personality measures and psychopathology; and also, that prisoners with high PEN will suffer more psychological disturbances than prisoners with LOW PEN. The result was able to justify and support Eysenck's theory that criminals are born and not made and therefore should be regarded more of patients than offenders, therefore a treatment approach should be practised as against the current practise of punishment in many societies particularly in Nigeria.

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