Taking the other perspective : the influence of a fear and self-efficacy on victims’ participation in victim-offender-mediation

Großkopf, M. (2015) Taking the other perspective : the influence of a fear and self-efficacy on victims’ participation in victim-offender-mediation.

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Abstract:This study aims to explore factors that influence a victim’s decision to a participate in victim-offender-mediation, in particular the level of fear and self-efficacy. Stemming from previous research it was expected that a higher level of self-efficacy is associated with greater willingness to participate in VOM. In addition, lower to mild levels of fear were expected to be associated with higher levels of willingness to participate in VOM than high levels of fear. Finally, it was expected that the influence of fear on the willingness to participate in VOM is moderated by the level of the victim’s self-efficacy. An experiment was conducted using a 2x3 design (Self-efficacy: low vs. high x Fear: low vs. medium vs. high) using German participants with an average age of 27. The outcomes showed that no assumption could be confirmed. Practical implications include a research approach with actual crime victims for better and more valid results.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology MSc (66604)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/68621
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