Title

An attributional sequence model of jury decision making in civil torts

Publication Date

2009

Document Type

Article

Abstract

A jury simulation study was designed to replicate and extend prior research on attributional decision-making sequences in a litigation context. Although previous studies implicated injury severity, causality, responsibility, and punishment, a maximum of three stages in various combinations were tested, and only occasionally in the context of civil litigation. The present effort integrated all four stages into a more inclusive model focused on civil jury decision making. Undergraduate participants (N = 91) read six case vignettes and responded to attribution questions in each of four categories. Path analyses supported the hypothesized 4-stage attributional sequence.

Original Citation

Spievak E.R., Bettler R.F. (2009). An attributional sequence model of jury decision making in civil torts. Psychological Reports, 105(1), 137-143. doi: 10.2466/PR0.105.1.137-143

Identifier

DOI: 10.2466/PR0.105.1.137-143