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“Let’s take the TV!” : Cooperation in Virtual Burglary and the Role of Personality.

Griemink, M. (2023) “Let’s take the TV!” : Cooperation in Virtual Burglary and the Role of Personality.

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Abstract:Burglary is a prevalent crime in the Netherlands as well as worldwide. The impact of burglary on the victim can be immense, and either financial, physical, or psychological. Often burglary is committed in collaboration with another person rather than alone. As little research has been done into co-offending in burglary and offender decision-making, this study attempted to explore the relationship between personality and the outcome of the burglary. An experiment, a between-subjects design, was set up with two people committing a virtual burglary. 38 pairs were asked to work together while burgling a preselected house in a virtual neighbourhood, after which they were asked to fill in questionnaires regarding personality, presence, cyber sickness, and more. Unfortunately, no impact was found of personality on the outcome of the burglary. However, this was a good proof of concept for future research and can form a foundation for research with actual burglars. Concluding, more research is needed on this topic as it is noticeable that personality and co-offending have not been thoroughly researched, while the majority of crime nowadays involves some kind of co-offending.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
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