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Predicting and Improving the Public’s Attitudes and Beliefs About Victim-Offender Mediation in Response to a Serious Crime

Aulkemeyer, M. (2019) Predicting and Improving the Public’s Attitudes and Beliefs About Victim-Offender Mediation in Response to a Serious Crime.

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Abstract:In the present study, the relations between the public’s restorative and retributive justice orientations and their beliefs about victim-offender mediation (VOM) were examined in relation to VOM after a serious crime. It was also investigated if additional effectiveness and punitiveness information can improve the public’s opinions. In line with the expectations, higher retributive justice orientations were a significant negative predictor of perceptions of punitiveness, beliefs in effectiveness and general attitudes towards VOM. Perceptions of punitiveness and beliefs in effectiveness mediated the negative relationship between retributive justice orientations and general attitudes towards VOM. In contrast, restorative justice orientations were a significant positive predictor of beliefs in effectiveness and general attitudes towards VOM. Additional punitiveness and effectiveness information did not influence the public’s opinions about VOM.
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/78350
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