Homicide, sex role differences and role relationships in North Carolina

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Linda Gayle Ketner (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
Web Site: http://library.uncg.edu/
John Humphrey

Abstract: This study, based upon Palmer's theory of unreciprocity in role relationships, Investigates similarities and differences between male and female homicide offenders, as well as between murderers and nonaggressive property offenders. Two independent variables are employed in the analysis: unreciprocity, or blockage in role relationships, and social role loss. It was hypothesized that as individuals' lives tend to be characterized by situations of high unreciprocity or role loss in relationships, the likelihood of outwardly directed violence, homicide, increases. It was further hypothesized that both male and female homicide offenders tend to experience in their lifetime similar degrees of unreciprocity and role loss. The samples for this study were drawn from the population of North Carolina incarcerates serving sentences for first degree murder, second degree murder, or voluntary manslaughter and non-violent property offenses. The violent sample consisted of sixty-one males and fifty-nine females randomly chosen from all Inmates, over the age of sixteen, incarcerated for either first or second degree murder, or first degree manslaughter. The control sample consisted of sixty males and sixty females randomly chosen from all inmates incarcerated for property offenses, with no record of psychotic or aggressive behavior.

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Language: English
Date: 1975
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