The influence of implicit theories and offender characteristics on judgements of sexual offenders: a moderated mediation analysis

Harper, Craig and Bartels, Ross (2017) The influence of implicit theories and offender characteristics on judgements of sexual offenders: a moderated mediation analysis. Journal of Sexual Aggression . ISSN 1355-2600

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Abstract

The psychological factors underpinning responses to sexual offenders are beginning to receive increased empirical scrutiny. One such factor is offender representativeness, which refers to the extent to which a given
offender example matches a stereotype of those who are typically labelled as “sexual offenders”. Using a sample of 252 community members, we examined the role of implicit theories about sexual offenders (i.e., whether sexual offending is seen as fixed or malleable) in mediating the relationship between affective responses to sexual offenders and policy outcome judgements. We found support for this mediating effect, although this was eliminated when participants were
presented with a “non-representative” offender vignette. We argue that the relationship between affective responses and policy judgements is contingent on the activation of a sexual offender stereotype, and that
this link can be disrupted via the increased presentation of nonstereotypical case examples. Implications for public debate and professional practice are discussed.

Keywords:Representativeness heuristic, Sexual offenders, Implicit theories, Attitudes, Mediation
Subjects:C Biological Sciences > C810 Applied Psychology
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Psychology
ID Code:24985
Deposited On:18 Nov 2016 10:07

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