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Pilot Study Assessing Type A Behavior in Violence-Prone Inmates

NCJ Number
B H Schell; J-C Cachon; O Ganjavi; F Porporino
Date Published
23 pages
The Behavior Activity Profile questionnaire and a taped voice analysis of interviews were used to assess Type-A behavior tendencies in 34 male, Canadian prison inmates convicted of a variety of violent offenses.
Typing according to the interview/voice analysis technique failed to discriminate assaultive from nonassaultive inmates. However, multivariate analysis indicates that assaulters were more likely to be Type-A as measured by the questionnaire, to be serving shorter sentences, and to have had a high number of previous convictions. A discriminant function using these three variables was able to differentiate assaulters from nonassaulters with 88-percent accuracy and could provide an instrument for identifying violence-prone inmates. 4 tables and 32 references (Author abstract modified)