The Process of Murderer’s Social Disadaptation at Different Stages of his Life

Justinas Sigitas Pečkaitis, Viktoras Justickis, Arvydas Pocius


In the article the results of a large multi-disciplinary study of 521 murders in Lithuania is presented. The aim of this study is to investigate the suitability of the most important modern criminological theories for the interpretation of homicides and their committers in this country. The paper presents a part of this study dealing with the development of the future murderer’s personality during his life before the commitment of the crime: childhood, adolescence, youth, and the period just before the commitment of the crime. A questionnaire of 206 questions was designed and distributed to 521 persons convicted for a homicide. In the present article the authors present the results of the analysis of the answers of the murderers’ to 109 questions, focused on different kinds of criminal activities and different manifestations of their social, psychological, economical disadaptation at the main stages of their personal development. For each stage, the correlations between different manifestations of one’s disadaptation and delinquent/criminal activities are examined, a multidimensional component analysis (with Direct Oblimin rotation applying Kaizer normalization) is carried out.


homicide; murderer’s personality; murderer’s criminal development; murder life stage; common and criminogenic disadaptation

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"Societal studies" ISSN online 2029-2244 / ISSN print 2029-2236