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Establishing the Validity of the Distinction Between Instrumental and Reactive Violent Offending

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A common practice in forensic research is to distinguish between instrumental and reactive violence, but critics assert that this distinction has outlived its usefulness. The files of 65 violent offenders were reviewed to determine the frequency, severity, and type of prior violent convictions. Results indicated that (a) only 7% of offenses could not be coded as either purely instrumental or purely reactive, (b) reactive offenses were more severe than instrumental offenses, and (c) the rates of reactive and instrumental violence were negatively related to one another. Together, these findings provide support for the reactive-instrumental distinction.
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Tapscott, Jennifer., Hoaken, Peter. and Hancock, Megan. "Establishing the Validity of the Distinction Between Instrumental and Reactive Violent Offending" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychology - Law Society, Westin Bayshore Hotel, Vancouver, BC, Canada, Mar 18, 2010 <Not Available>. 2014-11-28 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p399428_index.html>

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Tapscott, J. L., Hoaken, P. and Hancock, M. B. , 2010-03-18 "Establishing the Validity of the Distinction Between Instrumental and Reactive Violent Offending" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychology - Law Society, Westin Bayshore Hotel, Vancouver, BC, Canada <Not Available>. 2014-11-28 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p399428_index.html

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Abstract: A common practice in forensic research is to distinguish between instrumental and reactive violence, but critics assert that this distinction has outlived its usefulness. The files of 65 violent offenders were reviewed to determine the frequency, severity, and type of prior violent convictions. Results indicated that (a) only 7% of offenses could not be coded as either purely instrumental or purely reactive, (b) reactive offenses were more severe than instrumental offenses, and (c) the rates of reactive and instrumental violence were negatively related to one another. Together, these findings provide support for the reactive-instrumental distinction.


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