HOME >> MEDICINE >> NEWS
Women, men view and judge childhood sexual abuses cases differently

Viewers of "Ally McBeal" know that the male and female attorneys depicted on the popular television "dramedy" often want to try cases quite differently. While some of the legal arguments employed on the show are far-fetched, the idea that men and women can view cases from opposite viewpoints isn't.

A new study by University of Washington researchers, to be presented later this week at the American Psychological Society's annual meeting in Denver, indicates that men and women view sexual abuse cases differently and could be poles apart in rendering an actual verdict. In addition, a woman's familiarity with sexual and physical abuse and repressed memories of such abuse influences how she might judge a case. The same knowledge is not predictive for men.

The study, headed by Amy Tsai, an attorney and UW psychology doctoral student, will be presented at a poster session beginning at noon Saturday in Adam's Mark Hotel Denver. Tsai's collaborators were Sarah Morsbach, a research assistant, and Elizabeth Loftus, a UW psychology professor and adjunct professor of law. The study also is noteworthy because it is among the first to examine repressed memory in a case involving a crime other than sexual abuse.

"Men and women have different attitudes toward sexual abuse, but seem to have the same attitude about physical abuse," said Tsai. "The sexual nature of the crime is influencing verdicts."

In this mock juror study, 85 subjects were asked to weigh the evidence and render a verdict in either a childhood physical or sexual abuse case based on an actual civil complaint. Evidence was presented in concise, neutral summaries of statements made by a female plaintiff and male defendant. The summaries of the two cases were identical except for two points. In one version the defendant was accused of physical abuse while in the other the defendant was being tried for sexual abuse. Also in half of each version the plaintiff
'"/>

Contact: Joel Schwarz
joels@u.washington.edu
206-543-2580
University of Washington
2-Jun-1999


Page: 1 2 3

Related medicine news :

1. Women, drinking to their health
2. New Drug Prevents Breast Cancer In Postmenopausal Women, UCSF Researchers Report
3. The BESST way to judge IVF success
4. Three months is too soon to judge a CML patients response to Gleevec, researchers find
5. Process used to judge asylum seekers is questioned
6. Vaccine against childhood pneumonia shows promise
7. Invasive pneumonia and antibiotic resistance decreased after childhood vaccine introduced
8. Cockroach allergens have greatest impact on childhood asthma in many US cities
9. Passive smoking in childhood may increase risk of lung cancer in later life
10. Newly discovered virus linked to childhood lung disorders and Kawasaki disease
11. Simple sputum test for confirmation of childhood tuberculosis

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:9/11/2019)... ... September 11, 2019 , ... Workplace injuries cost individuals, organisations ... injury risks which lead to musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs). , Starting with the ... team at Soter Analytics helps avoid ergonomic injury by coaching workers ...
(Date:9/11/2019)... ... September 11, 2019 , ... ... September 11-14 in Minneapolis at the Mall of America Radisson Blu. Four experts ... faculty members for the high-profile, knee-focused conference, which brings together more than 100 ...
(Date:9/11/2019)... GULF BREEZE, Fla. (PRWEB) , ... September 11, 2019 , ... ... what has caused damage or injury to the body. , Methamphetamine permanently harms the ... it. Through autopsies, doctors are getting a better understanding of how the damage occurs. ...
(Date:9/11/2019)... Calif. (PRWEB) , ... September 11, 2019 , ... Executives ... and magnitude of change in the healthcare industry over the past several years has ... a lot worse. The future of healthcare in America will depend largely on how ...
(Date:9/11/2019)... ... 10, 2019 , ... Four Shriners for Children Medical Center ... recognized among the best doctors in the San Gabriel Valley for providing high-quality, ... H. Cho, M.D. – Chief of Staff, scoliosis, spinal deformity surgery, limb deformity, ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:9/14/2019)... YORK (PRWEB) , ... September 13, 2019 , ... ... were allegedly sexually abused by Dr. Reginald Archibald over at least 3 ... lawsuits, including Poppel v. Rockefeller (United States District Court - Southern District of New ...
(Date:9/14/2019)... ... September 13, 2019 , ... St. Joseph’s ... to celebrate the structural topping out of the St. Joseph’s Hospital patient tower ... include a new six-story patient tower that will house a two-story lobby, waiting ...
(Date:9/12/2019)... ... September 12, 2019 , ... Stratosphere Networks will sponsor ... take place on Monday, October 7 at Found Kitchen and Social House in Evanston ... research on GRIN2B-Related Neurodevelopmental Disorder. GRIN2B is a gene on the short arm of ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:
Cached News: