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After the Crime: Victim Decision Making by Martin S. Greenberg

By Martin S. Greenberg

Analyzing the findings of 20 reviews, related to greater than 5,000 humans, this booklet explores the choice making technique of the crime sufferer within the quick aftermath of victimization. utilizing a large diversity of leading edge examine suggestions, the authors investigate the results of rape, theft, housebreaking, and robbery on members from varied nationalities and ethnic backgrounds. This paintings might be of price to those that paintings without delay with crime sufferers, and to researchers who're attracted to the method of choice making lower than demanding circumstances.

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The supervisor then entered, introduced himself, and paid the participants the money promised in the ad. He questioned them about health problems, after reassuring them that the money could be kept regardless of how they answered the question. After seating participants in their separate cubicles, he explained that the organization was studying clerical efficiency in office settings and that they would be asked to complete some questionnaires before working on a clerical task. The questionnaires that they then completed asked for demographic information and assessed personality characteristics such as the need for approval and authoritarianism.

Those who were willing to participate and who were free of such problems were given an appointment time. In the course of the research project (1976-1980), the paradigm was used in six studies involving 1,209 participants. Some of these were participants in the pilot phase of each study (n = 252), and others were eliminated for various reasons, such as procedural errors and failure to follow instructions (n = 113) or suspiciousness about the manipulations (n = 76). The number of valid participants, therefore, was 768.

In contrast, the advice to "do something" was nonspecific and could imply other actions besides calling the police. For example, participants may have interpreted the advice to do something as meaning that they should complain to the secretary and ask her for reimbursement. Indeed, numerous participants pursued this mode of action. " However, their actions did not involve notifying the police. " The positive relationship obtained between the level of self-reported anger and the willingness to call the police is qualified by the fact that this finding emerged from self-reports rather than experimental manipulations.

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