Allison Dart, Psy.D., is a 2022 graduate of the Psy.D. Program in Clinical Psychology at Antioch University, New England

Dissertation Committee:

  • Katherine Evarts Rice, PsyD, Committee Chair
  • Gina Pasquale, PsyD, Committee Member
  • Vincent Pignatiello, PsyD, Committee Member


Entitlement, criminogenic thinking, psychological vulnerability

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The current study examines the predictive relationships among Entitlement, criminal thinking, and psychological vulnerability. Eighty male incarcerated individuals participated in this research and four measures were administered to each participant: the Adverse Childhood Experiences Questionnaire (ACEs), the Texas Christian University Criminal Thinking Scale (TCU-CTS), the Woodcock Johnson-IV Cognitive Brief Intellectual Abilities scale (WJ-IV COG BIA), and the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory-2 Restructured Form (MMPI-2-RF). Results yielded the following findings: Behavioral/Externalizing Dysfunction was the best predictor of Entitlement. Behavioral/Externalizing Dysfunction and Thought Dysfunction were the best predictors of each of the other aspects of criminogenic thinking. Emotional/Internalizing Dysfunction did not reliably predict any aspects of criminogenic thinking. Behavioral/Externalizing Dysfunction better predicted Power Orientation than Entitlement, though it reliably predicted both. Limitations and implications of these findings are discussed, and potential future research directions are proposed.


Allison Dart

ORCID Scholar ID# 0000-0002-6582-5914