Portions of this study were presented at the Ninth Annual Red River Psychology Conference in Fargo, North Dakota.
Majority Group Perceptions of Criminal Behavior: The Accuracy of Race-Related Crime Stereotypes†
Article first published online: 31 JUL 2006
Journal of Applied Social Psychology
Volume 26, Issue 2, pages 148–159, January 1996
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Gordon, R. A., Michels, J. L. and Nelson, C. L. (1996), Majority Group Perceptions of Criminal Behavior: The Accuracy of Race-Related Crime Stereotypes. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 26: 148–159. doi: 10.1111/j.1559-1816.1996.tb01843.x
- Issue published online: 31 JUL 2006
- Article first published online: 31 JUL 2006
Majority group perceptions regarding the relative frequency of crimes committed by various races and ethnic groups were examined. White-collar crimes such as embezzlement and fraud were ranked as more common for White criminals, and blue-collar crimes such as aggravated assault and motor vehicle theft were ranked as more common for Black criminals. Perceptions were subsequently compared with data from the Uniform Crime Reports for the U.S. (U.S. Department of Justice, 1992). As a function of overestimating the number of white-collar crimes and underestimating the number of blue-collar and violent crimes committed by Whites, majority group subjects held somewhat more accurate perceptions of minority groups than of their own group.