Aggression of the Korean Inmate: A Validation Study of Buss-Perry Aggression Questionnaire (BPAQ)

Junseob Moon, Sam Houston State University
Soo Jung Lee, Kyonggi University
Pamela Diamond, University of Texas at Houston

Violence in the correctional facilities is one of the most serious problems (Camp & Camp, 2000). It is not an exception in the correctional facilities in Korea. Since violence in Korean correctional facilities also results in the increase of financial costs, including medical cots for injured victims, and inefficiency of the institutional management, risk assessment has been attempted based on empirically drive psychological measures (e.g. Lee & Eden, in press). The present study specifically focused on measuring aggression rather than other criminogenic needs of inmates in the Korean correctional facilities. In order to develop a comparative study ultimately, it was necessary to validate a widely used test inventory for a prospective population. Therefore, the main purpose of this study was to collect validity indices for one of the most popular aggression measure, the Buss-Perry Aggression Questionnaire (Buss & Perry, 1992) from Korean inmates. The samples were 114 inmates from three Korean correctional facilities with maximum level of security. The result of item and factor analyses confirmed the effectiveness of BPAQ to assess aggression among Korean inmates.

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