Recidivism Among a White-Collar Sample: Does Personality Matter?

Listwan, Shelley Johnson; Piquero, Nicole Leeper; Van Voorhis, Patricia
April 2010
Australian & New Zealand Journal of Criminology (Australian Acad;Apr2010, Vol. 43 Issue 1, p156
Academic Journal
With the exception of correctional research, the role of personality has been understudied in criminology in general and in the study of white-collar crime in particular. The usefulness of personality has typically been restricted to use as a diagnostic tool in differentiating among offenders for correctional classification purposes. The current research focuses on a sample of white-collar offenders who were convicted in federal courts to explain what role personality plays in explaining their rates of recidivism. Using the Jesness Inventory as a measure of personality, findings reveal that personality type is a significant predictor of offender recidivism with neurotic personality type significantly predicting probability of rearrest.


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