Victimhood and Agency: How Taking Charge Takes its Toll

31 Pages Posted: 6 Jul 2016

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Pam Mueller

Princeton University - Department of Psychology

Date Written: May 1, 2016

Abstract

This project addresses an unexplored tension in the civil justice system with regard to victims. The civil justice process generally depends on victims taking action – but “active” victims may face unanticipated consequences. I find that victims who play an active role in the justice process are blamed more, and recover less in damages. These findings are mediated by perceptions of victim agency.

Keywords: law and psychology, victimhood, agency, torts, civil justice

Suggested Citation

Mueller, Pam, Victimhood and Agency: How Taking Charge Takes its Toll (May 1, 2016). Pepperdine Law Review, Forthcoming, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2804124 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2804124

Pam Mueller (Contact Author)

Princeton University - Department of Psychology ( email )

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Princeton, NJ 08540
United States

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