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NCJ Number: 236397 Find in a Library
Title: Gender Gap in Support for Capital Punishment: A Test of Attribution Theory
Journal: Women & Criminal Justice  Volume:21  Issue:3  Dated:July-September 2011  Pages:171-197
Author(s): Denise Paquette Boots; John K. Cochran
Date Published: July 2011
Page Count: 27
Document: PDF
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study explored the gender gap in support of the death penalty.
Abstract: Studies of public support for capital punishment have consistently observed a strong and enduring gender gap in the level of death penalty support, with males consistently more inclined than females to support capital punishment. This unexplained relationship has endured over time and space as well as across a myriad of research designs. The present study uses attribution theory in a factorial survey design to account for this relationship. Analyses of data obtained from jurors provide mixed support for attribution theory yet fails to bridge the gender gap in death penalty support. The implications of these findings as they relate to gender, socialization, and attributions are discussed. (Published Abstract)
Main Term(s): Capital punishment
Index Term(s): Attribution theory; Gender; Public Attitudes/Opinion
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