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Citizen participation in the safety domain : exploring the role of moral appeal on reporting behavior and intention to report and intervene

Wessels, Z.C.M. (2019) Citizen participation in the safety domain : exploring the role of moral appeal on reporting behavior and intention to report and intervene.

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Abstract:Collaborating with citizens is an important aspect of modern day policing. Citizens appear to be a great resource of information for the police. This is one of the reasons that the police created programs like ‘Crime Watch’. These programs offer the ability to ask the public for help on a large scale, with regard to solving crimes. The current study examines factors that influence the acceptance of messages spread through programs like ‘Crime Watch’. A total of 100 Dutch citizens participated in this study. These participants were divided into four groups to measure if seeing a victim statement in the video or seeing a different type of crime had an effect on reporting and intention to report and intervene. No significant effects were found when comparing the different groups on reporting behavior and intention to report and intervene. Further results show that past behavior is a strong predictor for future behavior. In addition people who scored high on egoistic moral values were less inclined to report the offender. Also the more morally wrong a crime is perceived to be, leads to higher intentions to report and intervene.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology MSc (66604)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/77104
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