Punishment goals of crime victims

Orth, Uli (2003). Punishment goals of crime victims. Law and Human Behavior, 27(2), pp. 173-186. Springer 10.1023/A:1022547213760

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Research on subjective punishment goals has focused on the perspective of third-party observers of criminal offenses and neglected the perspective of victims. This study investigates punishment goals among 174 adult crime victims (rape and nonsexual assault) for each participant’s real criminal case. Scales measuring support for punishment goals are constructed by factor analysis of an 18-item list. Results show that 5 highly supported goals can be distinguished: retaliation, recognition of victim status, confirmation of societal values, victim security, and societal security. Analysis of relations between punishment goal scales and personal variables, situational variables, and demanded punishment severity corroborates the view that the punishment goals revealed can be classified according to the two independent dichotomies of moral versus instrumental goals, and micro versus macro goals.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Psychology > Developmental Psychology

UniBE Contributor:

Orth, Ulrich

Subjects:

100 Philosophy > 150 Psychology

ISSN:

0147-7307

Publisher:

Springer

Language:

English

Submitter:

Ulrich Orth

Date Deposited:

01 Dec 2015 14:22

Last Modified:

01 Dec 2015 14:22

Publisher DOI:

10.1023/A:1022547213760

Uncontrolled Keywords:

crime victims, punishment, retaliation, criminal justice, motivation

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.73264

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/73264

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