Previous research has found relationships between feelings of shame and how they manifest as violent and/or sexual oﬀending and self-injurous/suicidal behaviours. Shame is diﬃcult to measure using questionnaires or clinical interviews due to motivations to hide such thoughts and feelings and lack of insight. This project will develop an “implicit” measure of shame, using the Implicit Associaon Test. This will be used within in-patient and out-patient forensic settings to evaluate the association with past violent/sexual oﬀending, and reported self-harm or suicide attempts. Through agreed external collaborations, I will evaluate how implicit measures can inform treatment evaluation in oﬀending populations.
Start date:September 2019
Research Topic:Implicit shame in offending populations
Research Supervisor:Professor Nicola Gray
Supervising school:Swansea University
Primary funding source:ESRC Studentship