Year: 1971 Source: Thesis (Ph.D.)-Purdue University, 1971. 36p. SIEC No: 19871128

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.