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NCJ Number: 228704 Find in a Library
Title: Multivariate Analysis of Reasons for Death Penalty Support Between Male and Female College Students: Empirical Support for Gilligan's 'Ethic of Care'
Journal: Criminal Justice Studies  Volume:22  Issue:3  Dated:September 2009  Pages:239-260
Author(s): Eric G. Lambert; Alan Clarke; Kasey A. Tucker-Grail; Nancy L. Hogan
Date Published: September 2009
Page Count: 22
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study examined gender as a predictor for views on capital punishment.
Abstract: This study examined how men and women differed in their level of support for seven major reasons to support or oppose capital punishment. Findings show that gender is a significant predictor for views on capital punishment. Results found that men were much more likely to support the death penalty than were women. Men were generally more supportive of the retribution, deterrence, and incapacitation arguments for the death penalty. Conversely, women were more supportive of morality, unfair administration, brutalization, and innocence reasons to oppose capital punishment. Further research should be conducted as the results of this study are far from definitive. Data were collected from a survey of 611 college students attending a public 4-year Midwestern university. Tables, notes, and references
Main Term(s): Capital punishment; Prediction
Index Term(s): Criminal justice research; Gender; Impact prediction; Public Opinion of Crime
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