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Motivating Compliance Behavior among Offenders

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Course Description:

This course is based upon material published in the journal Criminal Justice and Behavior by Sage Publications on behalf of the International Association for Correctional and Forensic Psychology (IACFP).  This course, including the continuing education credits, are offered free of charge as a benefit to all IACFP members.  

Abstract: Research shows that procedural justice can motivate compliance through the mediating influence of either legitimacy or social identity. Using three waves of longitudinal survey data collected from 359 tax offenders, we examine whether procedural justice is important to offenders’ decisions to comply with future tax obligations despite fear of sanctions and whether legitimacy and social identity processes mediate the relationship between procedural justice and compliance. Our results reveal that (a) legitimacy mediates the effect of procedural justice on compliance, (b) social identity mediates the procedural justice/compliance relationship, (c) identity seems to matter slightly more than perceptions of legitimacy when predicting tax compliance, and (d) perceived risk of sanction plays a small, but counterproductive role in predicting tax compliance. We conclude that normative concerns dominate taxpayers’ compliance decisions. Implications are relevant for understanding behavioral compliance and how procedural justice can motivate such behavior. 

Forensic and clinical psychologists can benefit from this course.  In addition, this course is appropriate for social workers and professional counselors, especially those interested in forensic psychology or those who work within the criminal justice system. This course is appropriate for intermediate and advanced level practitioners who wish to enhance their knowledge of complex trauma and aggression in adolescents, especially those in secure juvenile justice settings. 

Authors: Murphy, Bradford and Jonathan Jackson. 

Learning Objectives: This course will provide the practitioner with detailed information regarding complex trauma and aggression in secure juvenile settings.  Specifically, a professional will:

  • Identify the implication for understanding behavioral compliance
  • Distinguish the mediating effects of  legitimacy, social identity, and identity 
  • Describe how procedural justice can motivate compliance. 

 Citation:  Murphy, K., Bradford, B., & Jackson, J. (2016). Motivating Compliance Behavior among Offenders. CRIMINAL JUSTICE AND BEHAVIOR, 2016, Vol. 43, No. 1.

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