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posted on 01.02.2016, 11:16 by Charlotte Ward, Heather Flowe, Joyce E. Humphries
This study investigated whether perceptions of guilt for both male and female suspects co-­varied with masculine physical appearance. In addition, the study tested whether the relationship between masculine physical appearance and perceptions of guilt was dependent upon whether the crime is stereotypically male perpetrated. Participants read one of three crime scenarios (burglary, child abuse and neglect, fraud and forgery) and evaluated the likelihood that suspects of varying masculine appearance committed the crime in question. Masculine physical appearance significantly affected guilt ratings across all crime types for both male and female suspects. Additionally, guilt ratings for male compared to female suspects were higher for burglary, a crime that was viewed as stereotypically male perpetrated by research participants. The results are discussed in relation to applied implications and future research directions.

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  • Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences

Published in

Applied Cognitive Psychology

Volume

26

Issue

3

Pages

482 - 488

Citation

WARD, C., FLOWE, H.D. and HUMPHRIES, J.E., 2012. The effects of masculinity and suspect gender on perceptions of guilt, 26(3), pp. 482-488.

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© Wiley

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AM (Accepted Manuscript)

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Publication date

2012

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This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: WARD, C., FLOWE, H.D. and HUMPHRIES, J.E., 2012. The effects of masculinity and suspect gender on perceptions of guilt, 26(3), pp. 482-488., which has been published in final form at http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/acp.2823. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.

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0888-4080

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en

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