The impact of religiousness on the attitude towards aggression and on aggressive behavior in a forensic-psychiatric inpatient sample

Franke, Irina; Döringer, Sabine; Streb, Judith; Nigel, Stefanie; Klein, Verena; Huber, Stefan; Pollatos, Olga; Dudeck, Manuela (2019). The impact of religiousness on the attitude towards aggression and on aggressive behavior in a forensic-psychiatric inpatient sample. Fortschritte der Neurologie, Psychiatrie, 89(3), pp. 91-96. Thieme 10.1055/a-0897-3877

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Aim of study According to previous research, religiousness might have a positive effect on the risk of delinquent behavior. This study aims to examine this correlation in a forensic-
psychiatric inpatient sample. Furthermore, it compares self-reported aggression with the individuals’ criminal history of violent offending.
Method The study sample consisted of 84 forensic patients in mandatory drug treatment according to section 64 of the German Penal Code. Religiousness and attitude towards
aggressive behavior were assessed by self-report. The participants’ criminal history was screened for violent offences.
Results In the male forensic-psychiatric inpatient sample, higher levels of religiousness correlated negatively with the attitude towards appetitive aggression, but not with
aggressive behavior. In the female sample, no significant correlation was found.
Conclusion We found a gender difference regarding the correlation of religiousness with the attitude towards aggression. Additionally, our results indicated a discrepancy between
self-report of aggression and actual behavior in the sample of forensic-psychiatric inpatients. This might be explained by cognitive distortions, poor self-perception, or planning deficits.

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Journal Article (Original Article)


01 Faculty of Theology > Institute of Empirical Religious Research

UniBE Contributor:

Huber, Stefan Georg


100 Philosophy > 150 Psychology
200 Religion
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 360 Social problems & social services








Dr. Stefan Georg Huber

Date Deposited:

07 Oct 2019 10:04

Last Modified:

02 Mar 2023 23:32

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Uncontrolled Keywords:

Religiosität, Aggression, gewalttätiges Verhalten, forensischpsychiatrische Patienten, religiousness, aggression, violent behavior, forensic psychiatric inpatients




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