Cross-national examination of the perpetrator-victim account estimation bias as a function of different types of accounts

Seiji Takaku, Jeffrey D. Green, Ken Ichi Ohbuchi

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    Abstract

    In two cross-national studies, we investigated the existence of a perpetrator-victim account estimation bias and how this bias can be reduced or eliminated when estimating the perpetrator's use of a mixed account; that is, an account in which the perpetrator not only apologizes but also explains mitigating and justifiable circumstances. Japanese and American participants took either the perspective of the perpetrator or the victim and estimated the likelihood of the perpetrator's use of each account. The results supported our hypothesis in both national samples. The implications of the bias and the role of the mixed account in reducing it are discussed.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)274-285
    Number of pages12
    JournalAsian Journal of Social Psychology
    Volume13
    Issue number4
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2010 Dec 1

    Keywords

    • Accounts
    • Cross-cultural
    • Mixed account
    • Perpetrator-victim account bias

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Social Psychology
    • Social Sciences(all)

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