Crime and prejudice: The influence of appearance on blame amongst perpetrators and victims

Thomas, Tanisha B. C (2016) Crime and prejudice: The influence of appearance on blame amongst perpetrators and victims. Bachelor's thesis, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

[img] [English] PDF - Accepted Version
Available under License - The author retains copyright ownership and moral rights in this thesis. Neither the thesis nor substantial extracts from it may be printed or otherwise reproduced without the author's permission.

Download (322Kb)


Stereotypes based on characteristics such as age, race, and gender influence opinions in a criminal context. Yet, to date research has largely assessed whether perpetrators, rather than victims, are judged differently. Furthermore, although facial features can be a source of unconscious bias, research has failed to assess whether perceptions based on facial features affect the criminal context. To better understand the relationship between stereotypic facial features and gender, and whether this varies across perpetrators and victims, participants were asked to answer questions about an aggravated assault scenario after viewing an image of a person described as the victim or the alleged perpetrator. Images varied in gender and in presence or absence of tattoos or gothic makeup. Participants sympathized with the victim regardless of gender, but discrepancies were stronger if the victim was female than male. Neutral and tattooed faces were judged more harshly than faces with gothic makeup, regardless of gender.

Item Type: Thesis (Bachelor's)
Item ID: 12173
Additional Information: “Includes bibliographical references (pages 28-31)”
Department(s): Grenfell Campus > Division of Social Science > Psychology
Grenfell Campus > Division of Social Science
Date: 2016
Date Type: Submission

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item


Downloads per month over the past year

View more statistics