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The influence of curiosity on victims' willingness to participate in victim-offender-mediation.

Wilms, Robin (2018) The influence of curiosity on victims' willingness to participate in victim-offender-mediation.

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Abstract:This study aims to explore the factors that influence victims’ willingness to participate in VOM. Based on previous research, it was expected that victims’ willingness to participate in VOM can be predicted by the victim’s level of state-curiosity, trait-curiosity, and openness to experience. Moreover, it was expected that the influence of the independent variables (trait-curiosity, openness to experience, and the manipulation) on the willingness to participate in VOM was mediated by state-curiosity. An experiment was executed using a between-subject design with two conditions (‘low curiosity’ and ‘high curiosity’), to which 60 undergraduate student participants were randomly assigned. The experiment comprised watching a virtual reality video in which the participants were placed on a crime scene. The outcomes indicated that state-curiosity and the manipulation positively predicted victims’ willingness to participate in VOM. The remaining expectations could not be supported. However, the factors that have been influenced by the manipulation and hence created the significant effect were not observable. Future researchers and VOM practitioners should take these finding into account in order to improve interpretations regarding the factors that influence victims’ willingness to participate in VOM and in order to improve the way they introduce VOM to victims.
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/75241
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