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NCJ Number: 49848 Find in a Library
Title: RACIAL DIFFERENCES IN THE PERSONALITY OF MURDERERS
Journal: PERCEPTUAL AND MOTOR SKILLS  Volume:38  Dated:(1974)  Pages:726
Author(s): W C PERDUE; D LESTER
Corporate Author: Perceptual and Motor Skills
United States of America
Date Published: 1974
Page Count: 1
Sponsoring Agency: Perceptual and Motor Skills
Missoula, MT 59801
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: RORSCHACH TEST RESULTS ARE USED TO COMPARE THE PERSONALITIES OF AN EQUAL NUMBER OF BLACKS AND WHITES IN A SAMPLE OF SUBJECTS OF CONVICTED MURDERERS.
Abstract: IT IS NOTED THAT LESTER AND LESTER (1974) INDICATED THAT BLACK AND WHITE MURDERERS DIFFER IN VARIOUS ASPECTS, SUCH AS THE METHOD USED AND THE EXTENT OF INVOLVEMENT WITH ALCOHOL. THE PRESENT STUDY EXPLORES WHETHER OR NOT BLACK AND WHITE MURDERERS HAVE ANALOGOUS PERSONALITY DIFFERENCES. FOR 100 SUBJECTS CONVICTED OF HOMICIDE, RORSCHACH PROTOCOLS WERE AVAILABLE IN THE FILES OF THE LESTER STUDY. THE 33 BLACK SUBJECTS WERE MATCHED FOR AGE AND INTELLIGENCE WITH 33 OF THE WHITE SUBJECTS, WITH THE SUBJECTS' MEAN AGE BEING 34.7 YEARS. THE TWO GROUPS DID NOT DIFFER IN TOTAL NUMBER OF RESPONSES TO THE RORSCHACH, AND THE PROTOCOLS HAD BEEN SCORED PREVIOUSLY BY LESTER, WITHOUT KNOWLEDGE OF THE HYPOTHESIS TO BE TESTED IN THIS STUDY. IT IS CONCLUDED THAT RESPONSES TO RORSCHACH STIMULI BY BLACK AND WHITE MURDERERS ARE SIMILAR; HOWEVER, IT IS INDICATED THAT THIS MAY REFLECT THE INFLUENCE OF A VARIABLE SUCH AS THE EFFECTS OF IMPRISONMENT, WHICH MAY OBSCURE THE EFFECT OF THE VARIABLE OF RACE. DATA FROM THE STUDY ARE INCLUDED, ALONG WITH REFERENCES. (RCB)
Index Term(s): Black/African Americans; Caucasian/White Americans; Comparative analysis; Murder; Offenders; Personality assessment; Studies; Testing and measurement
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