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Belief in conspiracy theories and intentions to engage in everyday crime

Jolley, Daniel, Douglas, Karen, Leite, Ana C., Schrader, Tanya (2019) Belief in conspiracy theories and intentions to engage in everyday crime. British Journal of Social Psychology, 58 (3). pp. 534-549. ISSN 0144-6665. E-ISSN 2044-8309. (doi:10.1111/bjso.12311) (KAR id:71555)

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Abstract

Belief in conspiracy theories is associated with negative outcomes such as political disengagement, prejudice, and environmental inaction. The current studies—one cross-sectional (N = 252) and one experimental (N = 120)—tested the hypothesis that belief in conspiracy theories would increase intentions to engage in everyday crime. Study 1 demonstrated that belief in conspiracy theories predicted everyday crime behaviours when controlling for other known predictors of everyday crime (e.g., Honesty-Humility). Study 2 demonstrated that exposure to conspiracy theories (vs. control) increased intentions to engage in everyday crime in the future, through an increased feeling of anomie. The perception that others have conspired may therefore in some contexts lead to negative action rather than inaction.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1111/bjso.12311
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Human and Social Sciences > School of Psychology
Depositing User: Karen Douglas
Date Deposited: 07 Jan 2019 09:23 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2021 14:01 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/71555 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Douglas, Karen: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0381-6924
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