Believing is seeing III: Perceptions of content in criminal psychological profiles

Richard N. Kocsis*, Jenny Middledorp

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    Abstract

    This study explored Kocsis and Heller's findings concerning the relationship between one's belief and the perceived accuracy of a profile. The influence of types of information was also considered. A sample of 353 participants was used in the present experiment that gauged the perception of information contained in a profile. The results supported Kocsis and Heller's earlier findings with a positive relationship found between belief and perceived accuracy. The more an individual believes in profiling, the more likely he or she is to perceive a profile to be accurate. This relationship was most pronounced in participants' perceptions of information contained in a profile concerning an unknown offender's crime behavior and past history. The more an individual believes in profiling, the more information relating to these two factors is likely to be perceived. This relationship was not observed where information in the same profile involved physical features of the offender.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)477-494
    Number of pages18
    JournalInternational Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology
    Volume48
    Issue number4
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Aug 2004

    Keywords

    • Content
    • Criminal psychological profiles
    • Perceptions

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