Ninety‐six undergraduate and graduate students participated in a study that examined the effects of subject and defendant race on attributions made for a blue‐collar (burglary) and a white‐collar (embezzlement) crime. It was predicted that attributions for race stereotypic defendants (e.g., a white embezzler) would be internal (dispositional), that attributions for race nonstereotypic defendants (e.g., a black embezzler) would be external, and that attributions would be related to jail sentences. Subjects were randomly assigned to receive one of four crime descriptions that varied in terms of defendant race (black or white) and type of crime (burglary or embezzlement) committed. Subjects were subsequently asked to recommend jail sentences and to respond to items regarding the probable cause of the defendant's behavior. As predicted, race stereotypic crimes were perceived as being due to internal factors and the hypothesized relationship between attributions and jail sentences received partial support. The application of attributional models to the study of juror decision‐ making is discussed.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||13|
|Journal||Journal of Applied Social Psychology|
|State||Published - Jul 1990|