When chivalry backfires: Benevolent sexism and attitudes toward Myra Hindley

Viki, G. Tendayi and Massey, Kristina and Masser, Barbara (2005) When chivalry backfires: Benevolent sexism and attitudes toward Myra Hindley. Legal and Criminological Psychology, 10 (Part 1). pp. 109-120. ISSN 1355-3259 . (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Researchers have suggested that paternalistic attitudes may influence people's perceptions of female offenders. In the current study, we examined the role of benevolent and hostile sexism in people's perceptions of a specific female offender (Myra Hindley), who can be viewed as having violated traditional gender role assumptions. We observed that benevolent sexism (but not hostile sexism) was related to negative evaluations of Myra Hindley. In addition, mediation analyses suggest that the relationship between benevolent sexism and the negative evaluations of Myra Hindley was partially accounted for by participants' perceptions that Myra Hindley possessed traits that violated traditional gender role stereotypes. Theoretical and practical implications are discussed.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Psychology
Depositing User: C.A. Simms
Date Deposited: 06 Jun 2008 14:45
Last Modified: 11 Jun 2014 11:25
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/4550 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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