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37 J. Offender Rehab. 1 (2003)

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Journal of Offender Rehabilitation, Vol. 37 (1), 2003. Pp. 1-10.
http://www.haworthpress.com/store/product.asp?sku=J076
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10.1300/J076v37n01 01




Development of a Self-Report Measure

of  Outcome Expectancies for Crime



GLENN D. WALTERS
Psychology Services, Federal Correctional Institution, Schuylkill, PA


ABSTRACT A group of 193 male inmates served as subjects for   a study in
which  the development and initial validation of a 16-item self-report mea-
sure of outcome  expectancies for crime (OEC) is detailed. Analyses pro-
duced  internal consistency estimates  (Cronbach  alpha  coefficient) of
between  .73 and .91 and 10-week  test-retest stability correlations of be-
tween  .40 and .48 for the five OEC scales (total positive, positive social,
positive control, positive identity, negative). The total positive expectan-
cies, positive social expectancies, and positive control expectancies scales
were found  to correlate with the Current and Historical Criminal Thinking
scales of the Psychological Inventory of Criminal Thinking Styles (PICTS),
while negative expectancies for crime were significantly lower in inmates
evaluating the anticipated consequences of property crime relative to in-
mates assessing the expected outcomes of a violent or drug offense. Finally,
a confirmatory factor analysis supported the four-factor structure of the OEC
(positive social, positive control, positive identity, negative), while multidi-
mensional scaling revealed that outcome expectancies for crime fall along a
single dimension: positive-negative. [Article copies available for a fee from The
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KEYWORDS Outcome expectancies, crime consequences, self-report

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