Skip to main content

PERCEIVED MENTAL ILLNESS AND DIMINISHED RESPONSIBILITY: A STUDY OF ATTRIBUTIONS

Buy Article:

$39.00 plus tax (Refund Policy)

Abstract:

Subjects read case reports of an accident, in which the severity of consequences was varied, and where the protagonist was described as “normal” or as exhibiting “symptoms” of alcohol abuse, paranoid delusions, acute anxiety. Although greater mental illness was perceived in the alcoholism and paranoid cases, greater responsibility was also attributed to the alcoholic, and more severe penalties were recommended in both cases. Greater responsibility was attributed when the consequences were severe in the normal case only. The implications were discussed for the concept of self-protective attributions and for the notion of mental illness as denoting diminished capacity for responsibility.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.2224/sbp.1980.8.2.129

Publication date: 1980-01-01

More about this publication?
  • Access Key
  • Free content
  • Partial Free content
  • New content
  • Open access content
  • Partial Open access content
  • Subscribed content
  • Partial Subscribed content
  • Free trial content
Cookie Policy
X
Cookie Policy
Ingenta Connect website makes use of cookies so as to keep track of data that you have filled in. I am Happy with this Find out more