The effects of legal involvement on crime victims' psychological adjustment

Orth, U.. (2009) The effects of legal involvement on crime victims' psychological adjustment. In: Social psychology of punishment of crime. Malden (Mass.), pp. 427-442.

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The purpose of this chapter is to examine the effects of legal involvement of crime victims on their psychological adjustment. First, causes of possible effects are described, which may be located within the procedure or the outcome of the legal process. Then, the available evidence is reviewed, most of it suggesting that legal involvement does not strongly affect the victims' psychological adjustment, neither negatively nor positively. The chapter continues with a discussion of whether victims should be advised to report the assault to the police or not, and it describes relevant decision criteria, such as victim adjustment retributive justice, victim compensation, victim security and societal security. Finally, suggestions for future research are outlined, pointing to necessary methodological improvements in the design of future studies on legal involvement.
Faculties and Departments:07 Faculty of Psychology > Departement Psychologie > Ehemalige Einheiten Psychologie > Entwicklungs- und Persönlichkeitspsychologie (Orth)
UniBasel Contributors:Orth, Ulrich
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Book Section Subtype:Further Contribution in a Book
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