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Thou shalt not steal: Effects of normative cues on attitudes towards theft.

De Groot, J. I.M., Abrahamse, W. and Vincent, S., 2013. Thou shalt not steal: Effects of normative cues on attitudes towards theft. Psychology, 4 (4), 438-444.

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DOI: 10.4236/psych.2013.44062


In this study, we examine how normative cues influence attitudes towards theft. In a 3 × 2 × 2 within-subjects design (N = 120), we found that people had more negative attitudes towards theft when: 1) a higher value item was stolen than when a lower value item was stolen; 2) the theft took place in a public setting than when it took place in a private setting; and 3) the theft took place in a tidy rather than messy setting. Furthermore, our findings showed interaction effects between the value of a stolen item and 1) the cleanliness of the environment; and 2) the privateness of a setting, on attitudes towards theft. Theoretical and practical implications are discussed.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Normative Influence, Social Norms, Theft, Injunctive Norms, Descriptive Norms
Group:Faculty of Science & Technology
ID Code:21868
Deposited By: Unnamed user with email symplectic@symplectic
Deposited On:21 Apr 2015 11:13
Last Modified:15 Aug 2021 09:10


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