Assignment of Responsibility for Deaths Perceived as Unintentioned, Subintentioned, or Intentioned (Micro RA 1063 P35 1971)
Parkin J M
The purpose of this study was to determine how people assign responsibility for death as a function of reported deaths and the intent of the victim. Subjects were divided into nine equal groups, each receiving a different combination of treatment levels. Treatments consisted of tape recordings of a student death as one of accident, negligence, or suicide. Results indicated that people assign more responsibility to persons close to the victim.