Appropriately upset? Emotion norms and perceptions of crime victims


Author(s) Rose, Mary R., Nadler, Janice and Jim Clark
Title

Appropriately upset? Emotion norms and perceptions of crime victims

Source Law and Human Behaviour,Apr 2006, Vol. 30 No 2, pp203-219
Date 2006
Coverage USA
Document type Journal article
Summary This article discusses the relevance of emotion norms in legal settings, such as the award of compensation to victims and the impact of victim impact statements in sentencing decisions. Two studies were conducted with the aim of distinguishing the victim-role perspective from the proportionality perspective. The first study considered emotional reactions to a serious and less serious crime, armed robbery and pick-pocketing. The second study used the same crime, fencing of a small or large amount of property, with serious or less serious harm, and this was crossed with two types of emotional reactions, one strong and one mild. The authors concluded that the proportionality perspective for perceptions of emotion expression received the stronger support.
Keywords Emotions; perceptions; compensation; victim impact statements; norms.
Topic Victimisation