Social ties and short-term self-reported delinquent behaviour of personality disordered forensic outpatients

Y. Bouman, C. de Ruiter, A. Schene

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Abstract

Purpose. In community-based forensic psychiatry, patients' social ties are considered as protective factor in a risk management strategy. However, it is unknown whether these ties actually assist patients to refrain from re-offending. We hypothesised a protective role for social ties in re-offending behaviour.

Methods. In a sample of forensic outpatients with a personality disorder (N = 55), the relationship between social ties (social contacts and participation in social institutions) and short-term self-reported re-offences was studied within a prospective study design with a 6-month follow-up period.

Results. Our results provide evidence for a protective function of club participation. For violent re-offences, social institutions were protective and this protective function remained, even when a patient had network members with a criminal background. Except for work-related contacts, social contacts did not provide protection.

Conclusions. The protective effect of social ties, especially club participation, on desistance from re-offending in forensic psychiatric patients merits further attention from researchers and clinicians.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)357-372
Number of pages16
JournalLegal and Criminological Psychology
Volume15
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2010

Keywords

  • AGGRESSION
  • CRIME
  • CRIMINALITY
  • LIFE-COURSE
  • OFFENDERS
  • PROTECTIVE FACTORS
  • RELIGION
  • RISK
  • SAMPLE
  • VIOLENCE

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