30 Canadian J. Criminology 251 (1988)
Perceived Attractiveness and Attributions of Criminality: What Is Beautiful is Not Criminal

handle is hein.journals/cjccj30 and id is 267 raw text is: Perceived Attractiveness and
Attributions of Criminality:
What is Beautiful is not Criminal
MICHAEL SALADIN
ZALMAN SAPER
AND LAWRENCE BREEN'
DEPARTMENT OF PSYCHOLOGY
UNIVERSITY OF MANITOBA
De nombreux chercheurs ont dtabli qu'il existe des stdr6otypes pour ce qui est
de divers groupes raciaux, ethniques et institutionnalisds. Peu d'6tudes,
cependant, ont examin6 les st6r6otypes de ]a d6viance. La pr6sente 6tude
s'est penchde sur la relation entre les st6r6otypes faciaux des d6viants crimi-
nels de l'apparence physique. Un total de 98 sujets (64 hommes et 34 fem-
mes) ont particip6 A la confection et A l'6valuation de photographies du point
de vue de l'apparence physique et A l'utilisation subs6quente qui en a W faite
afin d'6tablir des st6r6otypes du meurtre et du vol A main arm6e. D'apr~s les
r6sultats, les sujets de m6diocre apparence sont pergus comme 6tant plus
susceptibles de commettre un meurtre et un vol A main arm6e que les person-
nes de belle apparence. L'article commente les r6sultats de l'dtude en ce qui
concerne la bibliographie actuelle sur l'apparence physique et la psychologie
16gale.
Stereotypes for various racial, ethnic and institutionized groups have been
documented by numerous researchers. Few studies, however, have explored
stereotypes for criminal deviance. The present study examined the relation-
ship between facial stereotypes of criminal deviants and physical attractive-
ness. A total of 98 subjects (64 males and 34 females) participated in the
production and rating of photographs for physical attractiveness and the sub-
sequent use of these photographs in establishing stereotypes for murder and
armed robbery. The results indicated that subjects rated unattractive individuals
as more likely to commit murder and armed robbery than attractive individuals.
The results are interpreted with respect to current literature on physical attrac-
tiveness and forensic psychology.
Stereotyped thinking is an unavoidable feature of social life that
enables individuals or groups to organize their complex world into com-
prehensible units.28 Stereotypes for various racial, ethnic and institution-
alized groups have been documented by researchers in both psychology
and sociology.2' 7, 12, 23, 25, 28, 29 There is a conspicuous absence of stu-

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