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NCJ Number: NCJ 241646     Find in a Library
Title: Self-Reported Intentions to Offend: All Talk and No Action?
Journal: American Journal of Criminal Justice  Volume:37  Issue:4  Dated:Winter 2012  Pages:523 to 543
Author(s): M. Lyn Exum ; Michael G. Turner ; Jennifer L. Hartman
Date Published: 2012
Page Count: 21
Document: HTML 
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: To study criminal decisionmaking, researchers commonly present hypothetical offending scenarios to participants and record their self-reported intentions to offend (SRIO).
Abstract: To study criminal decisionmaking, researchers commonly present hypothetical offending scenarios to participants and record their self-reported intentions to offend (SRIO). These SRIO scores are treated as an indicator of participants’ predisposition to commit the act described in the scenario. Drawing from the field of clinical measurement, the current study examines the diagnostic accuracy of SRIO scores by comparing participants’ intentions to acquire illegal music files from a designated distributor to their actual attempts to acquire such files. Approximately 7 percent of participants who read about a (bogus) music piracy opportunity reported strong—and at times definitive—intentions to seek out the illegal files. However, in actuality, no one in the study engaged in this behavior. Clinimetric indicators suggest that SRIO scores are better at predicting abstention from crime than actual criminal participation. Abstract published by arrangement with Springer.
Main Term(s): Criminal intent
Index Term(s): Self reported crimes ; Criminality prediction ; Situational theory
   
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