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Perpetrators’ intention to engage in mediated contact : the influence of crime seriousness, fear of social exclusion and expectation of reparation of reputation.

Velzen, M van (2016) Perpetrators’ intention to engage in mediated contact : the influence of crime seriousness, fear of social exclusion and expectation of reparation of reputation.

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Abstract:This study used an online experiment in order to see if the wrongfulness of crime would positively influence the perpetrators’ intention to engage in three forms of mediated contact: general preference for mediated contact, one-on-one mediated contact and conference mediated contact. The results of this study can contribute in further research about restorative justice: this study contributes to a broadened view about the reasoning of perpetrators to engage – or not to engage – in mediated contact. This is important, because recent participation rates of mediated contact show that not all victims and/or perpetrators do want to engage in mediated contact. In the research model of this study, the fear of social exclusion and the expectation of reparation of reputation were expected to mediate the effect of wrongfulness of crime on the intention to mediated contact. This was tested by conducting three mediation analyses on the data of 121 participants, each mediation analysis with a different form of mediated contact as the dependent variable. One mediation analyses consisted of four different regression analyses. It was expected that the effect of wrongfulness of crime on the intention to mediated contact would be explained through de fear of social exclusion and the expectation of reparation of reputation. Unexpectedly, those effects were not found for all three forms of mediated contact. Another expectation of this study was a preference of the perpetrator for conference mediated contact over one-on-one mediated contact. The findings go against this expectation: the perpetrators did not feel like engaging in conference mediated contact would be the best opportunity to repair their reputation. It might be possible that – instead of mediating –, the fear of social exclusion moderates the effect of wrongfulness of crime on the intention to mediated contact, which is debated in more detail in the discussion of this research report.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/70053
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