The author thanks Quan Lam and Oshin Vartanian for their research assistance.
Gender Differences in Attitudes Toward Police Use of Tasers Following the Dziekanski Case
Article first published online: 22 JUL 2013
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Analyses of Social Issues and Public Policy
Volume 13, Issue 1, pages 310–326, December 2013
How to Cite
Mandel, D. R. (2013), Gender Differences in Attitudes Toward Police Use of Tasers Following the Dziekanski Case. Analyses of Social Issues and Public Policy, 13: 310–326. doi: 10.1111/asap.12022
- Issue published online: 5 DEC 2013
- Article first published online: 22 JUL 2013
Prior research has shown that men and women respond differently on a variety of behavioral, attitudinal, and affective measures related to agentic and communal interpersonal orientation, yet research on such measures seldom disaggregates findings by gender. The present study examined how gender moderated a range of affective and cognitive responses to an important social and policy issue—police use of Tasers. The study followed the Dziekanski case in which an émigré to Canada died after being repeatedly stunned with a Taser by police officers. Compared to men, women were significantly more opposed to police Taser use, they were likelier to blame police for Dziekanski's death, and they reported stronger emotional responses to the case. The findings extend support for the view that men and women exhibit different patterns of response to situations that evoke communal values, and they highlight the importance of theoretical guidance in disaggregating responses in opinion research.