Justice Needs a Blindfold: Effects of Gender and Attractiveness on Prison Sentences and Attributions of Personal Characteristics in a Judicial Process
2009 (English)In: Psychiatry, Psychology and Law, ISSN 1321-8719, E-ISSN 1934-1687, Vol. 16, no 1, 90-100 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
This study examined the effect of gender and facial characteristics of criminal offenders on attributions of crime-relevant traits. The stimulus pictures portrayed women and men of varying attractiveness. Participants were presented with pictures of these female or male faces along with accompanying crime accounts. The crime account described the individual in the picture as a person who had committed one of the following crimes: theft, fraud, drug crime, child molestation, child abuse, or homicide. After reading one case account the participants were asked to evaluate the credibility and other crime-relevant personality traits of the offender. Results showed that female defendants were rated more favourably than were male defendants. Gender worked to the advantage of the female perpetrator. There were also slight tendencies towards more lenient appraisal of the more attractive women.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2009. Vol. 16, no 1, 90-100 p.
attractiveness, crime, judicial process, social perception
Research subject Psychology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-35218DOI: 10.1080/13218710802242011ISI: 000267146700009OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-35218DiVA: diva2:286738