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The Equity-Control Model as a Predictor of Vandalism Among College Students1
Article first published online: 31 JUL 2006
Journal of Applied Social Psychology
Volume 18, Issue 1, pages 80–91, January 1988
How to Cite
DeMore, S. W., Fisher, J. D. and Baron, R. M. (1988), The Equity-Control Model as a Predictor of Vandalism Among College Students. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 18: 80–91. doi: 10.1111/j.1559-1816.1988.tb00007.x
The authors gratefully acknowledge the assistance of David A. Kenny and Laurin Hafner in the data analysis, David A. Wicklund for comments on an earlier draft of this manuscript, and Lisa Cassady for comments on the manuscript as well as for providing additional data analyses found in the discussion section. An earlier version of this paper was presented at the Annual Meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association in April, 1984.
- Issue published online: 31 JUL 2006
- Article first published online: 31 JUL 2006
The equity-control model of vandalism (Baron & Fisher, 1984; Fisher & Baron, 1982) is used to conceptualize vandalism among college students. The model predicts that vandalism is most likely where there are low perceived equity (perceived lack of fairness in one's social or environmental arrangements) and low to moderate perceived control (perceived inability to effectively modify outcomes and arrangements). To test the model, university students were given questionnaires which measured perceived equity and control as these factors relate to the university and to dormitory living. Using multiple regression analysis, the interaction of equity and control was predictive of vandalism: Subjects with low perceived equity and control were most likely to report they engaged in vandalistic acts.