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IMPACT OF PERSONAL BELIEFS ON ESTIMATION OF THE ACCURACY OF INFORMATION FROM PSYCHOLOGICAL CRIMINAL PROFILES


OANA MATEESCU
Titu Maiorescu University
Faculty of Psychology


Abstract

The present paper focuses on the investigation of Kocsis and Heller (2004) findings regarding the relation between personal beliefs and the way in which the accuracy of a psychological criminal profile is being perceived. The influence of several types of information in the profile on the perceived utility and accuracy in judicial investigation was also taken into consideration. In an experimental design, 69 participants were included in order to reveal the perception of the psychological criminal profile information. The results sustain Kocsis and Heller (2004) findings, there is a significant correlation between personal beliefs and perceived accuracy of the profile. The stronger the beliefs in the efficiency of profiling technique is, the stronger the probability that the person perceives the information as being accurate and useful in the judicial investigation. When information on the history of the criminal and his/her criminal act are taken into consideration, the relation is even stronger.

Keywords: psychological criminal profile, personal beliefs, accuracy of the profile, criminal act.


This article can be cited as:

O.Mateescu (2011). Impact of personal beliefs on estimation of the accuracy of information from psychological criminal profiles.   Romanian Journal of Experimental Applied Psychology,  vol. 2,  no.2, pp. 51-63, 2011.


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