When a son steals money from his mother

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WHEN A SON STEALS MONEY FROM HIS MOTHER: COURTROOM PERCEPTIONS OF ELDER FINANCIAL EXPLOITATION

Abstract

The perception of elder financial exploitation was investigated using community members (N = 104) and undergraduates (N = 143). Participants read an exploitation trial summary; an 85-year-old victim accused her son of stealing her money. Primary results indicated that alleged victims described as healthy rendered more guilty verdicts than those described as having a cognitive deficit; pro-victim judgments were higher for women than men; and younger and older community members’ rendered more guilty verdicts than middle-aged mock jurors. The results are discussed in terms of the factors that impact the perception of exploitation in court.

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WHEN A SON STEALS MONEY FROM HIS MOTHER: COURTROOM PERCEPTIONS OF ELDER FINANCIAL EXPLOITATION

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