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The roles of gender and personality factors in vandalism and scrawl-graffiti among Swedish adolescents.
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Social and Psychological Studies.
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Social and Psychological Studies.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1088-9793
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Social and Psychological Studies.
Gothenburg University, Sweden.
2016 (English)In: PsyCh Journal, ISSN 2046-0252, E-ISSN 2046-0260, Vol. 5, no 3, 180-190 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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A total of 360 upper secondary school students in Sweden were divided into three grouping variables: gender (male, female), vandalism (involved, not involved), and scrawl-graffiti (involved, not involved). Relevant to the discussion of whether or not scrawl-graffiti may be construed as vandalism or art, the aim of the study was to explore whether or not personality factors known to be linked to vandalism in general (such as impulsivity, affectivity, emotional disability, and optimism) are related also to involvement in scrawl-graffiti, and, furthermore, how the gender factor relates to vandalism and scrawl-graffiti, respectively. The analysis showed that impulsiveness was a significant variable related to vandalism as well as to scrawl-graffiti. Further analysis indicated that vandalism was predicted by non-planning impulsiveness whereas scrawl-graffiti was predicted by motor impulsiveness. Analyses showed also that there were significant gender differences related to both vandalism and scrawl-graffiti, whereby male participants were significantly more involved in vandalism than female participants, while the latter were significantly more involved in scrawl-graffiti than the former.

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John Wiley & Sons, 2016. Vol. 5, no 3, 180-190 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-45864DOI: 10.1002/pchj.133ISI: 000384819600005PubMedID: 27257750Scopus ID: 000384819600005OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-45864DiVA: diva2:970478
Available from: 2016-09-13 Created: 2016-09-13 Last updated: 2017-11-02Bibliographically approved

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