Recently, the literature on victimism has highlighted the need to analyze the experiences and behaviors of the victims. This primarily involves the recognition of the "victim's categories" and, subsequently, the exploration of experiences and reactions (including clinical and psychopathological interest) related to this category. In particular, this paper proposes a research on the thoughts, emotions and experience of the victims of the three major criminal organizations in Southern Italy (Mafia, Camorra and Ndrangheta) following the extortionary request. The aims of the work are: to analyze the psychic experiences after the extortion request; Identify the main events and motivations that allow (or not) to denounce; Investigate the representation of the support network before and after the complaint. Research involved n. 29 subjects (17 entrepreneurs and 12 traders) resident and operating in Sicily, Calabria and Campania. A semi-structured interview and a projective test (network cards) were used to investigate the psychic experience; the reasons for the denunciation and the perception of the support network before and after the same. Collected interviews were reviewed at a descriptive level through in-depth analysis of the content. Subsequently, a further analysis was carried out through a text analysis software. The results show the presence of anger, indignation, humiliation, mortification and moral offenses that often accompanying the complaint. They also show the presence of fear and tension; Insecurity, anxiety, demoralization, impotence and early shock. The results also show a hesitation on the complaint, along with the certainty that you do not want to go back. And finally, the importance of the support network both before and after the complaint, which is perceived as composed not by civil society but by police and antiracket associations. The study is useful as it deepens the data on a target and on a set of psychodynamic issues so far not in-depth

QUALITATIVE ANALYSIS OF THE LIVES OF THE VICTIMS OF THE RACKET

Calogero Iacolino;Ferraro Anna Maria;
2017

Abstract

Recently, the literature on victimism has highlighted the need to analyze the experiences and behaviors of the victims. This primarily involves the recognition of the "victim's categories" and, subsequently, the exploration of experiences and reactions (including clinical and psychopathological interest) related to this category. In particular, this paper proposes a research on the thoughts, emotions and experience of the victims of the three major criminal organizations in Southern Italy (Mafia, Camorra and Ndrangheta) following the extortionary request. The aims of the work are: to analyze the psychic experiences after the extortion request; Identify the main events and motivations that allow (or not) to denounce; Investigate the representation of the support network before and after the complaint. Research involved n. 29 subjects (17 entrepreneurs and 12 traders) resident and operating in Sicily, Calabria and Campania. A semi-structured interview and a projective test (network cards) were used to investigate the psychic experience; the reasons for the denunciation and the perception of the support network before and after the same. Collected interviews were reviewed at a descriptive level through in-depth analysis of the content. Subsequently, a further analysis was carried out through a text analysis software. The results show the presence of anger, indignation, humiliation, mortification and moral offenses that often accompanying the complaint. They also show the presence of fear and tension; Insecurity, anxiety, demoralization, impotence and early shock. The results also show a hesitation on the complaint, along with the certainty that you do not want to go back. And finally, the importance of the support network both before and after the complaint, which is perceived as composed not by civil society but by police and antiracket associations. The study is useful as it deepens the data on a target and on a set of psychodynamic issues so far not in-depth
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