Title

Gender-motivated bias crimes: examining why situational variables are important in the labeling of hate crimes

Advisor

Sinclair, C. Hillary

Committee Member

Giesen, Martin J.

Committee Member

Jacquin, M. Kristine

Date of Degree

1-1-2009

Original embargo terms

MSU Only Indefinitely

Document Type

Graduate Thesis - Open Access

Department

Department of Psychology

Abstract

Prototype theory states that people have certain expectations when it comes to perpetrators and victims of acts of discrimination. A scenario was developed wherein victim type, severity of assault, assault location, and victim-perpetrator relationship were varied. The perception of bias as a motive and the labeling of the scenario as a hate crime were significantly affected by the independent variables. Scenarios featuring an African American victim were more likely to be labeled as a hate crime than those targeting a non-minority woman. Other factors that resulted in an increased application of the hate crime label were a) the attack was committed by a stranger, b) the attack was more severe, and c) the attack occurred following a political meeting instead of a college class. Overall this study showed that participants did not perceive crimes committed against women to be hate crimes unless that woman was of prototypical minority.

URI

https://hdl.handle.net/11668/17466

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