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De effecten van angst en empowerment op de bereidheid van slachtoffers om deel te nemen aan bestaande en nieuwe digitale vormen van slachtoffer-dader bemiddeling

Bats, M (2017) De effecten van angst en empowerment op de bereidheid van slachtoffers om deel te nemen aan bestaande en nieuwe digitale vormen van slachtoffer-dader bemiddeling.

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Abstract:One way of helping victims to process the offense and to reduce their anxiety and anger felt towards the offender is participation in victim-offender mediation. According to research an important factor for victims to participate in victim-offender mediation is empowerment. Thus, the first assumption is that victims who have experienced empowerment after the crime are more inclined to participate in victim-offender mediation. Besides that, the possibility of an addition to the existing forms of victim-offender mediation is examined, namely digital forms, such as video conferencing and online chatting. The assumption is that this is an outcome for fearful victims and that victims who have experienced more anxiety will be more inclined to participate in digital forms of victim-offender mediation, than the current forms of victim-offender mediation. Also, victims who have experienced more anxiety, tend to be more inclined to participate in a digital form of victim-offender mediation, than victims who have experienced less anxiety. The study is a 2 (Fear: high vs. low) x 2 (Empowerment: high vs. low) between subject design and the data was collected with an online survey. The respondents (N = 127) were given a scenario wherein they had to imagine that they were a victim of a robbery, in this scenario fear and empowerment manipulation were executed. Both manipulations were successful. Unexpectedly, all the hypotheses were rejected. However, the data suggest that imagining a high sense of fear results in more willingness to participate in the existing victim-offender mediation forms, than in new digital forms of victim-offender mediation. Since today’s society is increasingly dependent on digital technology, it is important that more research will be done about digital forms of victim-offender mediation in the future.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
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