Psychopathic traits, vengeance, and motivations to punish in criminal scenarios

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dc.contributor Cox, Jennifer
dc.contributor Pardo, Michael S.
dc.contributor.advisor Glenn, Andrea L.
dc.contributor.author Efferson, Leah
dc.date.accessioned 2017-07-28T14:12:24Z
dc.date.available 2017-07-28T14:12:24Z
dc.date.issued 2017
dc.identifier.other u0015_0000001_0002638
dc.identifier.other Efferson_alatus_0004M_13009
dc.identifier.uri http://ir.ua.edu/handle/123456789/3235
dc.description Electronic Thesis or Dissertation
dc.description.abstract The purpose of this study was to examine the influence of psychopathic traits on punishment allocations and the motivations those higher in psychopathy use in their decisions to punish others. A previous study found that individuals higher in psychopathic traits were less retributive when punishing a murderer (Aharoni, Weintraub, & Fridlund, 2007). However, those higher in psychopathy have also been found to be more vengeful after a personal mistreatment (Book & Quinsey, 2004) and this emotional vengeance has been associated with more retributive punishments and increased support for capital punishment (McKee & Feather, 2008). Therefore it is unclear if those higher in psychopathy would punish more retributively than those lower in these traits. I examined the relationship between psychopathy and punishment allocations for a variety of crimes, and explored the influence of emotional vengeance on the relationship between psychopathic traits and punishment allocations. Participants provided prison-sentencing recommendations for a variety of criminal acts. Individuals scoring higher in psychopathy allocated less harsh punishments than those scoring lower in psychopathy but these effects were small. Individuals scoring higher in psychopathy also scored higher on vengeance, but vengeance did not moderate the relationship between psychopathic traits and punishments. Individuals higher in psychopathy reported being slightly less influenced by all types of motivations for punishment than those lower in psychopathy. Overall, more research is needed to examine what motivates those higher in psychopathy to punish others in criminal scenarios.
dc.format.extent 71 p.
dc.format.medium electronic
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language English
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.publisher University of Alabama Libraries
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Electronic Theses and Dissertations
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Libraries Digital Collections
dc.relation.hasversion born digital
dc.rights All rights reserved by the author unless otherwise indicated.
dc.subject.other Psychology
dc.title Psychopathic traits, vengeance, and motivations to punish in criminal scenarios
dc.type thesis
dc.type text
etdms.degree.department University of Alabama. Dept. of Psychology
etdms.degree.discipline Psychology
etdms.degree.grantor The University of Alabama
etdms.degree.level master's
etdms.degree.name M.A.


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