Sadistic-impulsiveness and Violent Behaviour in Prisoners

Thesis Title: Sadistic-impulsiveness and Violent Behaviour in Prisoners

Student Name: Anum Shafqat (, )

Supervisors: Saima Majeed & Farah Malik, PhD

Degree: MSc

Year: 2016-2018

Department: Institute of Applied Psychology

University: Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan

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


The present study aimed to investigate the relationship between sadistic- impulsiveness and violent behaviour in prisoners. It was also intended to explore the predictive role of sadistic-impulsiveness regarding violent behaviour. Moreover, gender differences were also explored regarding sadistic-impulsiveness. The convenient sampling was used to draw a sample of prisoners (N = 283) including men (n = 182) and women (n = 101) prisoners either convicted or under trial. Cross sectional correlational research design was used to collect data from District Jail Lahore and Central Jail Lahore. Short Sadistic Scale (O’ Meara, 2011) and Aggression Questionnaire (Buss & Warran, 2000) were used to measure sadistic-impulsiveness and violent behaviour respectively. The results revealed that there was significantly positive relation between sadistic-impulsiveness and violent behaviour. Gender differences were also found, men prisoners were found to be more aggressive whereas women prisoners were found to be more sadistic. The finding revealed that convicted men prisoners were more sadistic whereas under trial men prisoners were more aggressive while no difference was found regarding convicted and under trial women prisoners. The findings of the study  may provide important insight in forensic setting for planning interventions and policy making.

Keywords: Sadistic-impulsiveness, violent behaviour, convicted, under trail, prisoners.

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