From wrongdoing to imprisonment

Test of a causal-moral model

Ramadhar Singh, Joseph J.P. Simons, William T. Self, Philip E. Tetlock, Paul A. Bell, James May, Richard J. Crisp, Susheel Kaur, Jacob Arthur Benfield, William J. Sziemko

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

3 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

The authors tested a causal-moral model of punishment in which (a) causal attribution and moral responsibility are distinct precursors of punishment, and (b) dispositional attribution leads to blame which, in turn, determines imprisonment. Specifically, whereas severity of outcome impacts punishment directly, circumstances of the crime and the culture of the observers impact punishment through causal attribution and blame, respectively. In an experiment, Singaporeans and Americans read about a crime that (a) was committed intentionally or under an extenuating circumstance and (b) had low or severe outcome for the victim. They made dispositional attribution to, assigned blame to, and recommended imprisonment for the offender. Results supported the hypotheses and the causal-moral path model that specified a direct effect of severity of outcome, an indirect effect of country via blame, and the indirect effects of circumstance via dispositional attribution to blame on imprisonment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)73-78
Number of pages6
JournalIIMB Management Review
Volume24
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 2012

Fingerprint

Wrongdoing
Imprisonment
Punishment
Attribution
Causal attributions
Crime
Severity
Indirect effects
Moral responsibility
Observer
Experiment
Direct effect
Path model

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Business, Management and Accounting(all)
  • Economics and Econometrics

Cite this

Singh, R., Simons, J. J. P., Self, W. T., Tetlock, P. E., Bell, P. A., May, J., ... Sziemko, W. J. (2012). From wrongdoing to imprisonment: Test of a causal-moral model. IIMB Management Review, 24(2), 73-78. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.iimb.2012.02.001
Singh, Ramadhar ; Simons, Joseph J.P. ; Self, William T. ; Tetlock, Philip E. ; Bell, Paul A. ; May, James ; Crisp, Richard J. ; Kaur, Susheel ; Benfield, Jacob Arthur ; Sziemko, William J. / From wrongdoing to imprisonment : Test of a causal-moral model. In: IIMB Management Review. 2012 ; Vol. 24, No. 2. pp. 73-78.
@article{bfbcaaa9670b420d80f868f674a052a4,
title = "From wrongdoing to imprisonment: Test of a causal-moral model",
abstract = "The authors tested a causal-moral model of punishment in which (a) causal attribution and moral responsibility are distinct precursors of punishment, and (b) dispositional attribution leads to blame which, in turn, determines imprisonment. Specifically, whereas severity of outcome impacts punishment directly, circumstances of the crime and the culture of the observers impact punishment through causal attribution and blame, respectively. In an experiment, Singaporeans and Americans read about a crime that (a) was committed intentionally or under an extenuating circumstance and (b) had low or severe outcome for the victim. They made dispositional attribution to, assigned blame to, and recommended imprisonment for the offender. Results supported the hypotheses and the causal-moral path model that specified a direct effect of severity of outcome, an indirect effect of country via blame, and the indirect effects of circumstance via dispositional attribution to blame on imprisonment.",
author = "Ramadhar Singh and Simons, {Joseph J.P.} and Self, {William T.} and Tetlock, {Philip E.} and Bell, {Paul A.} and James May and Crisp, {Richard J.} and Susheel Kaur and Benfield, {Jacob Arthur} and Sziemko, {William J.}",
year = "2012",
month = "6",
day = "1",
doi = "10.1016/j.iimb.2012.02.001",
language = "English (US)",
volume = "24",
pages = "73--78",
journal = "IIMB Management Review",
issn = "0970-3896",
publisher = "Elsevier Limited",
number = "2",

}

Singh, R, Simons, JJP, Self, WT, Tetlock, PE, Bell, PA, May, J, Crisp, RJ, Kaur, S, Benfield, JA & Sziemko, WJ 2012, 'From wrongdoing to imprisonment: Test of a causal-moral model', IIMB Management Review, vol. 24, no. 2, pp. 73-78. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.iimb.2012.02.001

From wrongdoing to imprisonment : Test of a causal-moral model. / Singh, Ramadhar; Simons, Joseph J.P.; Self, William T.; Tetlock, Philip E.; Bell, Paul A.; May, James; Crisp, Richard J.; Kaur, Susheel; Benfield, Jacob Arthur; Sziemko, William J.

In: IIMB Management Review, Vol. 24, No. 2, 01.06.2012, p. 73-78.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

TY - JOUR

T1 - From wrongdoing to imprisonment

T2 - Test of a causal-moral model

AU - Singh, Ramadhar

AU - Simons, Joseph J.P.

AU - Self, William T.

AU - Tetlock, Philip E.

AU - Bell, Paul A.

AU - May, James

AU - Crisp, Richard J.

AU - Kaur, Susheel

AU - Benfield, Jacob Arthur

AU - Sziemko, William J.

PY - 2012/6/1

Y1 - 2012/6/1

N2 - The authors tested a causal-moral model of punishment in which (a) causal attribution and moral responsibility are distinct precursors of punishment, and (b) dispositional attribution leads to blame which, in turn, determines imprisonment. Specifically, whereas severity of outcome impacts punishment directly, circumstances of the crime and the culture of the observers impact punishment through causal attribution and blame, respectively. In an experiment, Singaporeans and Americans read about a crime that (a) was committed intentionally or under an extenuating circumstance and (b) had low or severe outcome for the victim. They made dispositional attribution to, assigned blame to, and recommended imprisonment for the offender. Results supported the hypotheses and the causal-moral path model that specified a direct effect of severity of outcome, an indirect effect of country via blame, and the indirect effects of circumstance via dispositional attribution to blame on imprisonment.

AB - The authors tested a causal-moral model of punishment in which (a) causal attribution and moral responsibility are distinct precursors of punishment, and (b) dispositional attribution leads to blame which, in turn, determines imprisonment. Specifically, whereas severity of outcome impacts punishment directly, circumstances of the crime and the culture of the observers impact punishment through causal attribution and blame, respectively. In an experiment, Singaporeans and Americans read about a crime that (a) was committed intentionally or under an extenuating circumstance and (b) had low or severe outcome for the victim. They made dispositional attribution to, assigned blame to, and recommended imprisonment for the offender. Results supported the hypotheses and the causal-moral path model that specified a direct effect of severity of outcome, an indirect effect of country via blame, and the indirect effects of circumstance via dispositional attribution to blame on imprisonment.

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=84864798868&partnerID=8YFLogxK

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/citedby.url?scp=84864798868&partnerID=8YFLogxK

U2 - 10.1016/j.iimb.2012.02.001

DO - 10.1016/j.iimb.2012.02.001

M3 - Article

VL - 24

SP - 73

EP - 78

JO - IIMB Management Review

JF - IIMB Management Review

SN - 0970-3896

IS - 2

ER -

Singh R, Simons JJP, Self WT, Tetlock PE, Bell PA, May J et al. From wrongdoing to imprisonment: Test of a causal-moral model. IIMB Management Review. 2012 Jun 1;24(2):73-78. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.iimb.2012.02.001