Understanding How Jurors Award Civil Damages: A Test of Affect Control Theory

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This dissertation examines predictors of juror-determined damage awards among 377 juror eligible mock jurors. Citizens reporting for jury duty in a large metropolitan county on five days when the study was conducted were invited to participate. Scenarios were created that varied both case facts and witness emotion during trial testimony. Results indicate that Affect Control Theory can be applied to the situation of juror-determined damage awards and is helpful in scientifically explaining some of the variation of both compensatory and punitive damage awards.

Creator(s): McDonald, Emily
Creation Date: August 2004
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Publisher Name: University of North Texas
Place of Publication: Denton, Texas
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  • Creation: August 2004
  • Digitized: November 30, 2007
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This dissertation examines predictors of juror-determined damage awards among 377 juror eligible mock jurors. Citizens reporting for jury duty in a large metropolitan county on five days when the study was conducted were invited to participate. Scenarios were created that varied both case facts and witness emotion during trial testimony. Results indicate that Affect Control Theory can be applied to the situation of juror-determined damage awards and is helpful in scientifically explaining some of the variation of both compensatory and punitive damage awards.

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Level: Doctoral
Discipline: Sociology
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Keyword(s): juror decision-making | punitive damages | civil trial | affect control theory
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  • OCLC: 56801186 |
  • ARK: ark:/67531/metadc4588
Resource Type: Thesis or Dissertation
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Holder: McDonald, Emily
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