Advisor(s) - Committee Chair
Christopher Peters (chair), Sally Kuhlenschmidt, Sungjin Im
Department of Psychology
Master of Arts
This study sought to determine the relationship between True Crime Media (TCM) or pretrial publicity (PTP) consumption and jurors' criminal justice orientations. This study also looked at dispositional empathy, right-wing authoritarianism, the need for affect, and the need for cognition as potential moderators. It was hypothesized that the more TCM and PTP consumed, the more participants will lean toward crime control ideologies. It was also hypothesized that the more TCM and PTP consumed, the higher participants would score on right-wing authoritarian viewpoints, on dispositional empathy, and on need for cognition. Participants were presented with a screening question of, "Do you watch, listen to, or read about true crime (i.e., real world criminal activity, court cases, etc.)," to determine their eligibility for participation. They were then presented with a self-report questionnaire of their consumption habits and preferences followed by self-report questionnaires for each of the potential moderators presented in a random order. Results indicated that there was a statistically significant relationship between TCM/PTP consumption and crime control ideologies and dispositional empathy. However, there was not a statistically significant relationship between TCM/PTP consumption and right-wing authoritarianism, the need for affect, the need for cognition, or procedural due process orientation.
Clinical Psychology | Criminal Procedure | Criminology and Criminal Justice | Law | Law and Psychology | Legal Studies | Psychology | Social and Behavioral Sciences
Miller, Kendall, "The Effects Of True Crime Media Consumption On Jurors’ Criminal Justice Orientations" (2022). Masters Theses & Specialist Projects. Paper 3595.