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Witnessing a crime : reporting and intervening behavior.

Gerfen, A.A.J (2018) Witnessing a crime : reporting and intervening behavior.

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Abstract:If a criminal situation takes place, citizens nowadays have more opportunities to intervene or report this situation to the police. The aim of this research was to investigate to what extent moral values, moral emotions, self-efficacy and threat to social identity have an effect on reporting and intervening fraudulent behavior. This is done by an experiment whereby the participant witnesses fraudulent behavior. The experiment consist of two conditions which differed in severity of the scenes. The results show that citizens who experience negative moral emotions are more likely to feel able to report fraudulent behavior, but this does not mean that citizens who feel able to report do this automatically. This research supports this statement because the results showed that feeling able to report is negatively correlated with reporting behavior, which means that citizens who have a strong sense of being able to report, will report less quickly. It sounds improbable, because the opposite effect is mentioned in previous research. But, it is imaginable that this is due to the fact that people have indicated their self-efficacy after the behavior. So, reporting behavior could have had an effect on their self-efficacy.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
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