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Do People Perceive Juvenile Sex Offenders Who Are Gay and Christian as Hypocrites? Social Identity Theory and Dual Identity Defendants

Abstract This study investigates the presence of a dual identity defendant, and how sharing an in-group can create a judgment bias. A sample of 256 participants was used to test whether there was a relationship between judgment punitiveness, perceptions of shared identity, hypocrisy and the social identities (religion and sexual orientation) of the participants and a defendant charges with a sexual offence. Results suggest that Christian participants selected more punitive outcomes for the defendant compared to non-Christian participants. Further, participants were more punitive when the defendant was gay compared to when the defendant was heterosexual. Also, when the defendant was straight there was a stronger feeling of similarity between the part... (more)
Created Date 2014
Contributor Altholz, Rachel Leah (Author) / Salerno, Jessica (Advisor) / Hall, Deborah (Committee member) / Schweitzer, Nick (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Social psychology / Religion / Law / Dual identities / Hypocrisy / Juror punitiveness / Religion / Sexual orientation
Type Masters Thesis
Extent 34 pages
Language English
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Note M.S. Psychology 2014
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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