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2009 - American Psychology - Law Society Words: 139 words || 
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1. Neal, Tess., Adams, Desiree. and Brodsky, Stanley. "Physical and Sexual Abuse Histories in Mitigation" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychology - Law Society, TBA, San Antonio, TX, Mar 04, 2009 <Not Available>. 2019-04-24 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p296195_index.html>
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Review Method: Peer Reviewed
Abstract: The purpose of the current study was to examine the specific circumstances under which presenting a defendant’s physical or sexual abuse history would be interpreted by jurors as mitigating circumstances for the defendant. This study utilized a between-subjects 2 (type of abuse) X 2 (length of abuse) factorial design. Results thus far reveal that jurors do not distinguish a difference between a defendant’s experience of physical or sexual abuse in their sentencing decisions F(1, 139)=.22, p>.05. It appears that the severity condition (3 months versus 9 years of abuse) was not strong enough to elicit differential sentening from jurors, F(1, 139)=.00, p>.05. However, results have indicated that the subject variables are impacting the sentencing decisions. Specifically, the jurors’ own histories of sexual abuse significantly reduces their support for the death penalty, F(1, 139)=3.79, p=.05.


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