Previous research has demonstrated mixed results that locus of control and belief in a just world impact juror’s verdicts for defendants, however previous research is lacking on how these factors influence juror’s likelihood of rendering a Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity verdict for a mentally ill defendant. The current study examined whether mock juror’s belief in a just world influenced the relationship between locus of control and an NGRI verdict. Seventy-nine students completed an online survey that included locus of control and belief in just world scales and rendering a verdict for a mentally ill defendant charged with First-Degree Murder. While belief in a just world did not impact the relationship between locus of control and the likelihood of rendering an NGRI verdict, both belief in a just world and locus of control were statistically significantly correlated to an NGRI verdict.
|Commitee:||Pawlow, Laura, Pomerantz, Andrew|
|School:||Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville|
|School Location:||United States -- Illinois|
|Source:||MAI 56/04M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Psychology, Clinical psychology|
|Keywords:||Belief in a just world, Locus of control, Mock jurors, Ngri|
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