Why Men commit Murder: Drives and Motives of Self-Admitted Murderers

Aldin Kate A. Pineda
and Ashley Nicole V. Villanueva
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, College of Arts and Sciences, Southern Luzon State University

Prof. Ma. Elna R. Cosejo, PhD
Assistant Professor III & Program Chairperson, Psychology Program, Social Sciences Department, College of Arts and Sciences, Southern Luzon State University


The main purpose of this study is to discover the Drives and Motives of Self- Admitted Murderers in Laguna Provincial Jail at Santa Cruz, Laguna. The research used the qualitative method including recorded interview, Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA), administration of test, analysis and interpretation of data. Respondents in this study were six (6) self-admitted male murderers, aged 34-62. Respondents’ stories were treated in this paper as a case study. Content analysis was done as well. Researchers arrived at a conclusion that these self-admitted male murderers have common disturbances during their childhood and adolescence in relation to their Sack Sentence Completion Test results. In addition, all of the respondents strived for superiority based on Alfred Adler’s Individual Psychology and had learned criminal behavior based on Edwin Sutherland’s Differential Association Theory. It was therefore recommended that an extension program that would help the inmates with their psychotherapeutic concerns be designed, such as anger management programs for the inmates.

Keywords: self-admitted murderers, drives and motives, learned criminal behavior

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