Investigation of compensation source, trait sympathy, sympathy with outcome and forgiveness in the criminal context

 
Author(s)Ristovski, Adela, Wertheim, Eleanor H
Title Investigation of compensation source, trait sympathy, sympathy with outcome and forgiveness in the criminal context
Source Australian Psychologist Mar 2005, Vol 40 Issue 1, p63-69.
Date 2005
Document type Journal article
Coverage Australia
Summary This study aimed to explore the specific influence of different forms of compensation, using 75 participants from a variety of occupations to complete a scenario questionnaire. The results showed that participants were significantly more satisfied when they received compensation than when they received no compensation. The source of the compensation, from a government agency, forced from the offender or voluntarily paid by the offender, did not affect satisfaction levels. However, in relation to forgiveness, source of compensation was important. In relation to the role of trait empathy, findings suggested that trait empathy affected forgiveness levels only in some contexts. The authors suggest that the findings of their study have important implications for the aims of restorative justice
Keywords Compensation; reconciliation; forgiveness; satisfaction; restorative justice
Topic

Compensation