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Degree Name

Master Of Arts In Clinical Psychology

Colleges & School

College Of Arts And Sciences

First Advisor

Michael Vitacco, PhD

Library of Congress Subject Heading

Racism; African American; African American criminals; Legal services--United States; Criminal courts; Criminal justice, Administration of United States


There presently exists a problem with African Americans being over represented in the justice system. This study examines the role of prejudicial attitudes in relation to this disparity. The strategy was to manipulate ethnicity and gender in a vignette describing a robbery, and compare participant's responses. The first hypothesis was that due to prejudice, an African American male (versus Caucasian) would be punished more harshly. The second hypothesis examined the scores on a racism and punitive scale, and argued that high scores on these respective scales were indicative of prejudice. Stepwise multiple regression results were significant offering support to the second hypothesis. The ANOVA used to test the first hypothesis yielded no significant results. Implications of these findings are discussed.


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