An attributional sequence model of jury decision making in civil torts
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.
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
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Spievak, Elizabeth R. and Bettler, Robert F. (2009). An attributional sequence model of jury decision making in civil torts. In Psychology Faculty Publications. Paper 35.
Available at: http://vc.bridgew.edu/psychology_fac/35