All parents are to blame (except this one): Global versus specific attitudes related to parental responsibility laws

Eve M. Brank, Stephanie A. Hays, Victoria Weisz

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Abstract

Increasing state legislation and media interest give the appearance of public support for parental responsibility laws; however, some national polls suggest otherwise. Based on disparate global and specific attitudes in other areas of the criminal justice literature, it was hypothesized that relatively weak global support for parental responsibility would be diminished even more if a specific juvenile was described. The current studies confirmed that participants were even less supportive of parental responsibility laws when a specific juvenile and his parents were described than they were when they answered questions about parents in general.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2670-2684
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Applied Social Psychology
Volume36
Issue number11
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1 2006

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  • Social Psychology

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