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Psicologia: ciência e profissão

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FERREIRA, Elizelma Ortencio  and  CAPITAO, Claudio Garcia. Aggressiveness and anger: prisoners’ profile. Psicol. cienc. prof. [online]. 2006, vol.26, n.3, pp. 462-477. ISSN 1414-9893.

The present work has checked differences between the kind of transgression (theft, robbery, kidnapping, homicide, holdup, among others) and aggressiveness and anger constructs through the Rosenzweig Frustration Test (PF) and the State-Trait Anger Expression Inventory (STAXI), respectively. Both tests have been applied to 125 prisoners in a country-side São Paulo top-security prison. The ANOVA variance analysis indicated that the kidnappers group presents, at STAXI, great instability within the factors related to anger, while the non-kidnappers are apparently more stable. The significant difference for the intrapunitive factor, in the PF, has shown that repression of aggressiveness is lesser for the individuals under frustration situations who committed theft than for the non-theft individuals. According to the results obtained, one will understand that the research has attained the established goals due to the differences found among groups, considering the several kinds of transgressions.

Keywords : Aggressiveness; Psychological assessment; Profile of prisoners; Anger; Psychological tests.

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