Snežana Samardžić

PHI Special hospital for psychiatry, Podromanija bb, 71350 Sokolac, Bosnia and Herzegovina,


ISSN 2637-2150
e-ISSN 2637-2614
UDK 343.54/.55-055.2:159.942
DOI 10.7251/STED2101001S

Paper received: 28.03.2021. 
Paper accepted: 07.05.2021
Published: 28.05.2021.

Corresponding Author: 
Snežana Samardžić, PHI Special hospital for psychiatry, Podromanija bb, 71350
Sokolac, Bosnia and Herzegovina,


A problem of aggression and aggressiveness is rather present in our time. The very aggression is not violence, but it becomes the one when it is demonstrated as crime. The previous theoretical observation and specific research of the nature of violent behavior at least implies that many disorders in the structure of the behavior (also violent, criminal behavior) are partly caused with disturbed family relations.
A current research, relying on the theory of affective attachment, had an aim to examine if there were any differences within a group of non-psychotic offenders with different patterns of family affective attachment comparing to the kind and a level of aggressiveness. The survey was carried out on a sample of 62 male examinee, with the history committing of a violent crime. Brennan’s modified questionnaire for
estimation was used in the survey for adopted patterns of family affective attachment (PAV), while the level and structure of aggressiveness were examined by using BPAG scale of aggressiveness. The results show that safely attached respondents have the lowest level of the aggressiveness in accordance with all modalities which are measured by used scale comparing to the respondents with unsafely attached. Also, the respondents with occupied pattern of attachment show considerably high level of hostility, whereas timidly attached ones show considerably high level of anger, hostility and total aggressiveness. Between safely attached and rejected ones there has not been found statistically important difference. 

Keywordsaffective attachment, aggressiveness, violent crimes.