Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-839X.2010.01324.x
Title: Severity effect on compensation and imprisonment recommendations: Deterrence as a mediator in Singapore
Authors: Singh, R. 
Lin, X.
Keywords: Anger
Attribution
Blame
Deterrence
Intention
Retribution
Issue Date: Mar-2011
Source: Singh, R., Lin, X. (2011-03). Severity effect on compensation and imprisonment recommendations: Deterrence as a mediator in Singapore. Asian Journal of Social Psychology 14 (1) : 36-49. ScholarBank@NUS Repository. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-839X.2010.01324.x
Abstract: Severe, compared to mild, harm results in harsher punishment. According to the model of people as intuitive prosecutors, the severity effect is a deterrence message. The authors tested this hypothesis in two studies in Singapore. In Study 1, participants learnt about the severity of harm arising from an accidental or intentional act, and expressed anger, made attributions, assigned blame, recommended compensation by and imprisonment of the offender, and indicated the degree to which they were guided by the punishment goals of deterrence and retribution. As hypothesized, the prosecutorial mindset was multidimensional, and the deterrence goal mediated the severity effect on punishment. In Study 2, the severity effect held when the punishment goal was unspecified but not when it was experimentally specified as deterrence. © 2010 The Authors. Asian Journal of Social Psychology © 2010 Blackwell Publishing Asia Pty Ltd with the Asian Association of Social Psychology and the Japanese Group Dynamics Association.
Source Title: Asian Journal of Social Psychology
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/49921
ISSN: 13672223
DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-839X.2010.01324.x
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