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AN INVESTIGATION ON THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN FACIAL EMOTIONAL RECOGNITION AND TENDENCY TO COMMIT CRIME; MODERATING THE EFFECTS OF SOCIO-ECONOMIC WELL-BEING

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AN INVESTIGATION ON THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN FACIAL EMOTIONAL RECOGNITION AND TENDENCY TO COMMIT CRIME; MODERATING THE EFFECTS OF SOCIO-ECONOMIC WELL-BEING

 

 

Abstract- The growth of crime rates are on the increase all over the world and Nigeria is not an exception. Crime the intentional illegal action committed by any person for which such a person can punish by law does not have a definite cause but rather combination of causes which may include: economic situation, social environment, personality traits, and family structures. This study investigates if socioeconomic wellbeing has a mediating effect on relationship between facial emotional recognition and the tendency to commit crime among hospital workers in Imo state. A total of 150 (75 males and 75 females) workers, were randomly selected to participate in this study. Three instruments were used in this study which includes: Criminal Behaviour Rating Scale (CBRS) developed by Animasahun (2011), Socio-economic wellbeing scale developed by Obi-Nwosu (2018) and Facial emotion scale developed by Paul Ekman.

Keywords: facial emotional recognition, tendency to commit crime; socio-economic well-being.