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NCJ Number: 35486 Find in a Library
Title: PSYCHOLOGICALLY DISORDERED AND CRIMINAL OFFENDERS PERCEPTIONS OF THEIR VOLITION AND RESPONSIBILITY
Journal: CRIMINAL JUSTICE AND BEHAVIOR  Volume:3  Issue:2  Dated:(JUNE 1976)  Pages:123-134
Author(s): J MONAHAN; G L HOOD
Corporate Author: American Assoc of Correctional Psychologists
United States of America
Date Published: 1976
Page Count: 12
Sponsoring Agency: American Assoc of Correctional Psychologists
Marysville, OH 43040
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: RESULTS OF A STUDY WHICH ASSESSED THE PUBLIC'S PERCEPTION OF THE VOLITIONAL CAPACITY AND MORAL RESPONSIBILITY OF PSYCHOLOGICALLY DISORDERED OFFENDERS BY MEANS OF AN QUESTIONNAIRE SURVEY OF 128 ORANGE COUNTY (CA) RESIDENTS.
Abstract: SUBJECTS TAKEN FROM JURY ROLLS WERE PRESENTED WITH A CASE DESCRIPTION OF A VIOLENT CRIME AND PROVIDED WITH AN OFFENDER HISTORY WHICH NOTED EITHER PRIOR PSYCHOLOGICAL DISORDER OR PRIOR CRIMINAL BEHAVIOR, OR THEY WERE PROVIDED WITH NO HISTORY. RESULTS GENERALLY SUPPORT THE HYPOTHESIS THAT OFFENDERS WHOSE DEVIANT ACTS ARE PLACED IN THE CONTEXT OF PSYCHOLOGICAL DISORDER ARE PERCEIVED AS HAVING LESS FREE WILL, BEING LESS MORALLY RESPONSIBLE AND BLAMEWORTHY, AND BEING LESS DESERVING OF PUNISHMENT THAN THOSE WHOSE DEVIANCE IS EITHER PLACED IN THE CONTEXT OF CRIMINALITY OR IS OF AMBIGUOUS ORIGIN. (AUTHOR ABSTRACT)
Index Term(s): California; Criminal responsibility; Mentally ill offenders; Public Attitudes/Opinion; Questionnaires; Surveys
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