Student Projects

Abhilash Dhariwal & Sneha Saha

The impact of psychopathy: Multidisciplinary and applied perspectives


Crime rates in India is on a continuous rise. There is a derogative state of conviction rates and
the study of criminal psychology is limited within the context of Indian studies. Considering the
justice system and the field of academia the country, empirical studies on criminals are not given
much recognition and can thus inmates are excluded from the society and the arena of academics.
The present study is focused to bridge the gap between lack in empirical data and criminal
psychopathic traits. The purpose of this study is to measure the psychopathic traits, empathy and
criminal thinking styles in inmates as compared to general population. This study will be conducted
to create a baseline for the presence of criminal thinking leading to criminal acts, a comparative
analysis is conducted between inmates and general population. The sample will be inclusive of 200
subjects, divided into two groups (100 inmates and 100 general population) residing in Delhi, NCR
India. The data will be collected from Tihar Jail, situated in Delhi with prior official consents; and
analyzed using cross-sectional and correlational method of analysis. The implications of the present
study include phenomenal insight into the workings of a criminal psychopathic tendency and
preventive actions to identify and manage criminal tendencies at young age.

Sanjna Shukla¹, Sneha Saha²*, Dr. Ridhima Shukla³

Decoding HERO : Predicting Psychological Capital with Subjective Well-Being

The positive psychology movement has gained momentum in recent years and
organisations have ascribed a great deal of importance to employee well-being in light of the
favourable outcomes associated with it. The construct of Psychological Capital (PsyCap) has
been constantly and consistently linked to well-being both in and out of the workplace. But
despite a wealth of research conducted on PsyCap in several domains of life, a glaring gap exists
about what lies to the left of psychological capital. To that end, the present study attempts to fill
this gap by examining components of subjective well being, positive and negative affect and life
satisfaction, as potential antecedents of PsyCap. The study, an ex-post facto research design with
correlational orientation, examined college students from within and outside Delhi NCR through
incidental sampling (N=152). The Academic PsyCap questionnaire, the Positive and Negative
Affect Schedule (PANAS) and the Satisfaction with Life Scale (SWLS) were administered to
participants. Regression analyses provided evidence for positive affect, negative affect and life
satisfaction as predictors of PsyCap and its components, hope, efficacy, resilience and optimism.
in the population under study. Individuals showing high levels of subjective well-being also tend
to show higher PsyCap levels and its HERO components. Implications of findings with regard to
organisations are

Muskaan Behl & Sneha Saha

Intervention on Eunuch Identity

A eunuch refers to an intersex person whose genitals are ambiguously male-like at birth
or are castrated due to varied reasons. Gender boundaries are activated and enforced during the
time of birth in which a sex category to an infant is allocated as either male or female based on
the appearance of their genitalia. Within the context of India, the third gender has been identified
as the people who don’t fit into the societal norms of the country and elude the biological
makeup. The present study aims understand the gender identity of the Eunuch as the third
gender. In the addition, the present study also aims to examine their quality of life in specific
domains which includes: physical, psychological, social relationships and environment using
WHOQOL- BREF. To design and assess an intervention on these four domains of quality of life.
The sample will consist of approximately 100 eunuchs residing in Ludhiana area, Punjab, India.
It is an action research consisting of 3 phases:
Phase 1- Conduction of interviews to gauge the gender identity of Eunuchs. Establishment of
baseline of performance on quality of life.
Phase 2 - 4 weeks intervention development.
Phase 3- Conduction and analysis of effects on intervention on their quality of life


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