Behavioural coherence in group robbery: a circumplex model of offender and victim interactions

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Title Behavioural coherence in group robbery: a circumplex model of offender and victim interactions
Author Porter, Louise E.; Alison, Laurence J.
Journal Name Aggressive Behavior
Year Published 2006
Place of publication Hoboken, NJ
Publisher Wiley Interscience
Abstract The behaviour of offenders and victims in 116 cases of group robbery (61 commercial, 55 personal) was examined. Four interpersonal themes were evident: dominance, submission, co-operation and hostility. These themes are governed by the principles of complementarity such that offender dominance elicits victim submission (reciprocity) and vice versa, while co-operative offenders tend to elicit victim co-operation (correspondence). Hostile offences were hypothesised as eliciting hostility in victims, but few victims in the sample demonstrated active resistance. The existence of behavioural themes suggests that offenders within the same group behave in a homogenous fashion, which is explained by reference to group norms and processes of modelling. Further, differences in interpersonal themes were evident between commercial and personal robberies. Commercial robberies tend to involve greater levels of co-operation than personal robberies, while personal robberies involve more hostility than commercial robberies. This is discussed in terms of situational and motivational elements of the robberies.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI
Volume 32
Issue Number 4
Page from 330
Page to 342
ISSN 1098-2337
Date Accessioned 2010-03-18
Language en_AU
Research Centre ARC Centre of Excellence in Policing and Security
Faculty Faculty of Humanities and Social Science
Subject Psychology
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1x

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