The criminal stereotype
North American Journal of Psychology
The current research was designed to assess the content of the criminal stereotype from a Hispanic population. In Study 1 participants were asked to provide general information about the concepts associated with criminals. Study 2 used this information to develop a questionnaire that assessed specific perceptions of criminals, criminal behavior, and criminal activities. In addition, stereotypes for Hispanic, White, Black, and Asian criminals were assessed. Results present a picture of the typical criminal, as well as uncovering differences in people's stereotypes of criminals of varying ethnicities. A brief review of the criminal stereotype literature is provided along with a discussion on the potential impact criminal stereotypes may have on eyewitness memory and identification. © NAJP.
Original Publication Date
MacLin, M. Kimberly and Herrera, Vivian, "The criminal stereotype" (2006). Faculty Publications. 2781.