The Burglary Cognitive Distortions Scale: Its association with burglary proclivity and other key variables

King-Parker, Matthew, Bartels, Ross, Onwuegbusi, Tochukwu and Parke, Adrian (2022) The Burglary Cognitive Distortions Scale: Its association with burglary proclivity and other key variables. Psychology, Crime & Law . ISSN 1068-316X

Full content URL: https://doi.org/10.1080/1068316X.2022.2044812

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Abstract

Cognitive distortions play a key role in offending but have not been researched in relation to burglary. Using the literature on offence-related cognition as a guide (which is primarily focused on sexual offending), the present two studies aimed to develop and validate the Burglary Cognitive Distortions Scale (BCDS). Drawing upon the burglary literature, an initial pool of 36-items was produced. Two online studies using community-based participants were then conducted. Each study involved administering the BCDS, along with measures of burglary proclivity, general criminal beliefs, empathy, and human needs. In Study 1 (N1 = 306), an exploratory factor analysis of the BCDS produced two factors: (1) Acquisitive Entitlement, and (2) Survive by any Means. In Study 2 (N2 = 266), confirmatory factor analysis confirmed the two-factor structure and helped refine the item pool. In each study, the 24-item CFA version of the BCDS was found to be associated with general criminal beliefs and burglary proclivity. Factor 1 of the BCDS, as well as general criminal beliefs, independently predicted proclivity scores. Future research should now aim to validate the BCDS using a sample of people who have committed burglary, as it holds promise for use in forensic settings and research.

Keywords:Burglary, cognitive distortions, Proclivity, Scale Development, Factor analysis
Subjects:C Biological Sciences > C810 Applied Psychology
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Psychology
ID Code:48101
Deposited On:09 Mar 2022 12:00

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