Authoritarianism and Seriousness Perceptions of Hate Crime: A Factorial Survey Approach

Bryan D. Byers, Ball State University
Jerome B. McKean, Ball State University
Nicole Dressel, Ball State University

ABSTRACT
While researchers have studied the frequency, incidence and motivation of hate crime, few have examined perceptions of hate crime incidents. Using a factorial survey approach, this research measures seriousness perceptions of hate crime vignettes under a variety of case circumstances. The sample was also measured on the demographics of gender and race while also indexing for Adorno's Authoritarianism (F) Scale. The results are discussed in relation to the impact of subject demographics and authoritarianism scores on the perception of hate crime seriousness.

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