Title

The effects of crime drama viewing on psychological profile accuracy for a sexual homicide offender

Advisor

Jacquin, Kristine

Committee Member

Sinclair, Colleen H.

Committee Member

Armstrong, Kevin

Date of Degree

5-1-2008

Original embargo terms

MSU Only Indefinitely

Document Type

Graduate Thesis - Open Access

Major

Clinical Psychology

Degree Name

Master of Science

College

College of Arts and Sciences

Department

Department of Psychology

Abstract

This study investigated whether watching crime related television shows affected accuracy of psychological profiles for a sexual homicide offender. The television shows in the study were a fiction drama with a profiling element, a fiction drama without a profiling element, a nonfiction show with a profiling element, a nonfiction show without a profiling element, and a fiction drama with no crime element at all. Participants were 290 college students who watched a television show and then profiled a sexual homicide offender. High self-exposure to crime related television shows and experimental exposure to profiling related television shows were associated with greater accuracy for profiling certain aspects of the offender and/or offense. In addition, gender interacted with crime show viewing for certain types of profile accuracy.

URI

https://hdl.handle.net/11668/16322

Comments

profile accuracy||crime drama viewing||criminal profiling||psychological profiling||profiling

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