The effects of legal involvement on crime victims' psychological adjustment

Orth, Ulrich (2009). The effects of legal involvement on crime victims' psychological adjustment. In: Oswald, Margit E.; Bieneck, Steffen; Hupfeld-Heinemann, Jörg (eds.) Social psychology of punishment of crime (pp. 427-442). Chichester, UK: Wiley

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The purpose of this chapter is to examine the effects of legal involvement of crime victims on their psychological adjustment. First, causes of possible effects are described, which may be located within the procedure or the outcome of the legal process. Then, the available evidence is reviewed, most of it suggesting that legal involvement does not strongly affect the victims' psychological adjustment, neither negatively nor positively. The chapter continues with a discussion of whether victims should be advised to report the assault to the police or not, and it describes relevant decision criteria, such as victim adjustment retributive justice, victim compensation, victim security and societal security. Finally, suggestions for future research are outlined, pointing to necessary methodological improvements in the design of future studies on legal involvement.

Item Type:

Book Section (Book Chapter)

Division/Institute:

07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Psychology > Social Psychology and Social Neuroscience
07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Psychology > Developmental Psychology

UniBE Contributor:

Orth, Ulrich

Subjects:

300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology
100 Philosophy > 150 Psychology

ISBN:

978-0-470-51599-0

Publisher:

Wiley

Language:

English

Submitter:

Ulrich Orth

Date Deposited:

08 Jun 2015 14:56

Last Modified:

08 Jun 2015 14:56

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/69221

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