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Modern Psychological Studies

Periodical Title

Modern Psychological Studies

Volume

14

Number

1

Page Numbers

pages 16-26

Department

Dept. of Psychology

Publisher

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Place of Publication

Chattanooga (Tenn.)

Date

2008

Abstract

Since 1978, Nassau County NY has pioneered the use of "video stings" to protect the public from a wide variety of dishonest behaviors—with appliance repair, auto repair, home contractors, insurance sales, chiropractors, and even internet pedophiles (Lambert, 1997). Surprisingly, though this has been a model for a few other municipalities, neither Nassau County nor others have conducted systematic research on how the public regards this unusual policy (Wrightsman, Greene, Nietzel & Fortune, 2002). In this survey, 114 people completed an anonymous structured 18-item survey containing 3 scales: their support of video stings (0-28), their familiarity with past media reports of stings (0-14), and their authoritarian personality (0-20). As hypothesized: (a) there was immense variation in public support, from 0 to 28 on the 0-28 scale. (b) The average sentiment was a strong support for video stings (M= 22.38). (c) There were clear biodata correlates of increased support, including: beliefthat video evidence leads to a drop in crime (r = +.312, p < .01), a more authoritarian outlook (r = +. .264, p < .01), but not county residence (r = .022, n.s.). The policy implications of these findings are discussed.

Subject

Psychology--Periodicals

Discipline

Psychology

Document Type

articles

Extent

11 leaves

Language

English

Call Number

BF1 .M63 v. 14 no. 1 2008

Rights

Under copyright.

Included in

Psychology Commons

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