Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Effects of behavior, context and observer gender on the perceived guilt for sexual assault
by Andrews, Steven E., M.A., California State University, Long Beach, 2010, 55; 1492995
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of this study was to examine gender differences in perceived guilt of a male accused of sexual assault as a function of the behavior of the female victim and the context in which the female was observed. To examine this, participants viewed a video clip that depicted a smiling or non-smiling female who was seated at either a library study table or at a bar. Participants were then given details about an alleged assault of this female by a male and asked to report the verdict they would choose for that male. Results indicated that while males were generally less likely than females to find the male assailant guilty they were also more influenced by the specific combination of female behavior and context. Specifically, males were least likely to see the male as guilty when the female victim was smiling and located in a club setting.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Jorgenson, Dale
School: California State University, Long Beach
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 49/05M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Social psychology, Criminology
Publication Number: 1492995
ISBN: 978-1-124-60704-7
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