The Primacy of Decision-Action as an Influence Strategy of Violent Gang Leaders

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Title The Primacy of Decision-Action as an Influence Strategy of Violent Gang Leaders
Author Porter, Louise E.; Alison, Laurence J.
Journal Name Small Group Research
Year Published 2005
Place of publication United States
Publisher Sage Publications, Inc.
Abstract This study examined the relationship between decisions, actions, and orders as facets of influence, both over criminal events and group members, for 37 leaders of sexually violent gangs. The degree to which decisions, actions, and orders were employed during the offense (quantitative variation), as well as the combinations of these elements (qualitative variation), was examined to evaluate the range of different influence strategies. Two main combinations, or influence strategies, emerged: (a) decision and action and (b) decision and order, suggesting two predominant pathways that emerge with decision making as central to both, with the former path being far more frequent. The results are discussed in terms of the psychological processes involved in influence strategies as a effecting group activity.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1046496404272795
Volume 36
Issue Number 2
Page from 188
Page to 207
ISSN 1046-4964
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
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/29167
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1x

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