By Martin S. Greenberg

Analyzing the findings of 20 stories, concerning greater than 5,000 humans, this publication explores the choice making means of the crime sufferer within the fast aftermath of victimization. utilizing a huge variety of leading edge learn thoughts, the authors check the consequences of rape, theft, housebreaking, and robbery on participants from different nationalities and ethnic backgrounds. This paintings should be of price to those that paintings at once with crime sufferers, and to researchers who're attracted to the method of selection making below tense circumstances.

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Procedure Upon their arrival, participants were instructed to take a seat in the waiting room (see Figure 2-2), where shortly afterward, they were joined by a male confederate (in actuality, the "thief") posing as another participant. (Only one participant was run at a time. However, in order to avoid the AN EXPERIMENTAL APPROACH 23 WAITING AREA VICTIM'S CHAIR CONCEALED MICROPHONE OUTER OFFICE SECRETARY'S OFFICE OBSERVATION ROOM Figure 2-2. Layout of experimental laboratory. ) The role of thief was played by two white and two black males, all of college age.

Females were more likely to report the theft when the thief was still in the building, whereas males were more likely to report when he had fled the scene. Females may have been particularly apprehensive about confronting the thief but felt less apprehensive when the confrontation would take place in the presence of a police officer. Males, on the other hand, may have preferred to confront the thief when he was still on the premises rather than to involve the police. Most participants experienced some degree of conflict about what to do.

This reluctance to harm the thief can be seen in the responses of a 26-year-old female participant. In response to the secretary's first prod, she stated, "I don't want to do that to him. I really don't. " Responding to the second prod, she said, "In this type of situation, I can't say it's a theft. " When pressed further by the secretary (Prod 3), she exclaimed, "I just hate to put him through it. Not for $3. " The fear of retaliation deterred several participants from calling the police. Consider the reactions of a 25-year-old female participant to the secretary's prods: "That might bring a whole lot of trouble" (in response to the first prod).

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