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De invloed van waargenomen ernst van een delict op de werkwijze van slachtoffer-daderbemiddeling

Folsche, L. (2016) De invloed van waargenomen ernst van een delict op de werkwijze van slachtoffer-daderbemiddeling.

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Abstract:In this master thesis, there has been investigated if the extent to which mediators of the organization Victim in Focus perceive an offense as serious, has an influence on the method of mediators during victim-offender mediations. By investigating this, it can be better understood how mediators work and which role the seriousness of an offense plays in this process. Eventually, this can contribute to the development of an standard method for cases of mediation with both less serious and highly serious offenses. The research is done by analyzing 200 files of mediation cases of Victim in Focus, of which 73 also have been reviewed by eight mediators who work within the organization. The offenses have been judged on three dimensions of seriousness, namely: perceives wrongfulness, perceived harmfulness and the overall seriousness. Thereafter there has been investigated if the extent of seriousness is associated with several aspects of the working method during a mediation case, such as the amount of contact with victims and offenders during the different phases of the mediation process. From the results, it appears that mediators perceive the harmfulness of an offense as less high than laypeople do. Thereby it appears that even between mediators mutually there is a difference in the extent to which they perceive an offense as serious. Also, the results show that as an offense is more seriousness the mediator has more contact with the victim in the preparation phase, while in that case the mediator has less contact with the offender in the preparation phase. Besides, the stay of an offender in an institute appears to be an explanation for the connection that as an offense is more serious, the mediator contacts the offender less often by phone in the intake phase. Thereby it appears that an mediation case tends to ends more often in a rejection when the offense is more harmful. Finally, there appears to be a difference in the duration of the mediation cases between mediators.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology MSc (66604)
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