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Gerais : Revista Interinstitucional de Psicologia

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DOS SANTOS, Ana Luiza Mendonça; KOMATSU, André Vilela  and  BAZON, Marina Rezende. Personality Aspects in Violent and Nonviolent Juvenile Offenders According to Jesness Inventory: A Comparative Study. Gerais, Rev. Interinst. Psicol. [online]. 2020, vol.13, n.2, pp. 1-20. ISSN 1983-8220.

Criminological research highlights variables related to personality aspects as the best predictors of persistent criminal behavior. This study aimed to verify if violent and non-violent adolescent offenders show different personality patterns, evaluated by the Brazilian version of the Jesness Inventory. 129 male adolescents in conflict with the law, aged 15 to 18 years, with a history of 3 offense records on average, were divided between those who had committed violent crimes (GV = 88) and those who had not (GNV = 41). The groups were compared in the 13 scales of the Inventory. The results indicated significant differences between GV and GNV in 6 of the 13 scales. Regarding the interpretation of the instrument and its scales, GV scored in a worse direction than GNV. The scales that differentiate the groups are related to psychological functioning that refers to problems of impulse control, anger/negative feelings management and hostile/aggressive attitudes.

Keywords : Juvenile delinquency; Violence; Personality; Jesness Inventory.

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