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NCJ Number: 34310 Find in a Library
Title: DETERRENT EFFECTS OF PUNISHMENT - SUBJECTIVE MEASURES CONTINUED
Journal: CANADIAN JOURNAL OF CRIMINOLOGY AND CORRECTIONS  Volume:18  Issue:2  Dated:(APRIL 1976)  Pages:152-160
Author(s): J J TEEVAN
Corporate Author: Canadian Criminal Justice Assoc
Canada
Date Published: 1976
Page Count: 9
Sponsoring Agency: Canadian Criminal Justice Assoc
Ottawa, Ontario, K1Y 4X9
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: Canada
Annotation: BASED ON A SURVEY OF 191 CANADIAN STUDENTS, THIS STUDY SOUGHT TO DETERMINE THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN AN INDIVIDUAL'S SUBJECTIVE PERCEPTIONS OF CERTAINTY AND SEVERITY OF PUNISHMENT AND THE DETERRENCE OF DEVIANCE.
Abstract: INTRODUCTORY SOCIOLOGY STUDENTS AT A CANADIAN UNIVERSITY WERE ASKED IN A CHECKLIST QUESTIONNAIRE ABOUT THEIR PERCEPTIONS OF THE CERTAINTY AND SEVERITY OF PUNISHMENT FOR MARIJUANA USE AND SHOPLIFTING AND FOR THEIR PERSONAL HISTORIES OF THESE ACTS. THE HYPOTHESES FOR THE STUDY WERE: 1) THOSE RESPONDENTS WHO PERCEIVE HIGHER CERTAINTY AND SEVERITY OF PUNISHMENT WOULD ENGAGE IN LESS MARIJUANA USE AND SHOPLIFTING THAN THOSE WHO PERCEIVE LOWER CERTAILTY AND SEVERITY; 2) THE DETERRENT EFFECTS OF PUNISHMENT SHOULD BE GREATER FOR MARIJUANA USE THAN FOR SHOPLIFTING; 3) HIGH PERCEIVED SEVERITY SHOULD BE MOST SALIENT UNDER CONDITIONS OF HIGH CERTAINTY: AND 4) THAT HAVING A FRIEND ARRESTED SHOULD BE POSITIVELY ASSOCIATED WITH MARIJUANA USE AND SHOPLIFTING. THE RESULTS OF THE SURVEY SUPPORTED THE FIRST HYPOTHESIS, BUT FOR MARIJUANA USE ONLY. HYPOTHESES THREE AND FOUR RECEIVED SOME SUPPORT, WHILE HYPOTHESIS TWO WAS ONLY PARTIALLY SUPPORTED.
Index Term(s): Canada; Crime prevention measures; Deterrence; Drug abuse; Perception; Punishment; Shoplifting; Surveys
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