Criminal thinking styles and emotional intelligence in Egyptian offenders
Article first published online: 25 JAN 2013
Copyright © 2013 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Criminal Behaviour and Mental Health
Volume 23, Issue 1, pages 56–71, February 2013
How to Cite
Megreya, A. M. (2013), Criminal thinking styles and emotional intelligence in Egyptian offenders. Criminal Behav. Ment. Health, 23: 56–71. doi: 10.1002/cbm.1854
- Issue published online: 5 FEB 2013
- Article first published online: 25 JAN 2013
- Manuscript Accepted: 11 DEC 2012
- Manuscript Revised: 27 NOV 2012
- Manuscript Received: 13 AUG 2012
The Psychological Inventory of Criminal Thinking Styles (PICTS) has been applied extensively to the study of criminal behaviour and cognition. Increasingly growing evidence indicates that criminal thinking styles vary considerably among individuals, and these individual variations appear to be crucial for a full understanding of criminal behaviour.
This study aimed to examine individual differences in criminal thinking as a function of emotional intelligence.
A group of 56 Egyptian male prisoners completed the PICTS and Bar-On Emotional Quotient Inventory (EQ-i). The correlations between these assessments were examined using a series of Pearson correlations coefficients, with Bonferroni correction.
General criminal thinking, reactive criminal thinking and five criminal thinking styles (mollification, cutoff, power orientation, cognitive indolence and discontinuity) negatively correlated with emotional intelligence. On the other hand, proactive criminal thinking and three criminal thinking styles (entitlement, superoptimism and sentimentality) did not associate with emotional intelligence.
Emotional intelligence is an important correlate of individual differences in criminal thinking, especially its reactive aspects. Practical implications of this suggestion were discussed. Copyright © 2013 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.