Perception of Guilt in Female Prisoners with Violent and Mild Crimes

Author: Aisha Ambrin

Supervisor: Ms. Afsheen Masood

Degree: M.Sc

Year: 2007-2009

University: Institute of Applied Psychology, Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan


This research investigated the perception of guilt among female prisoners with reference to violent and mild crimes. It was hypothesized that there is a relationship between the perceived guilt feelings and crimes. Ex-post facto research design was used. Purposive sampling technique was used to collect the data and was taken from the different jails of Punjab (Central Jail Lahore, District Jail Vehari and Women Jail Multan). The sample consisted of 60 female prisoners. The data was collected with the permission of Inspector General Jails of Punjab. Urdu version of Defense style Questionnaire (1984) was used with due permission of Michale Bond and Steven Wesley. Independent sample t-test and ANOVA analysis were applied for analysis. Results indicated that guilt feelings are more in female prisoners with violent crimes as compare to the prisoners with mild crimes.

Keywords: Perception of Guilt, Female Prisoners, Violent, Mild Crimes

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Corresponding Address: Department of Applied Psychology, University of the Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan. Email:, Phone: 92-42-9231245

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