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Anales de Psicología

On-line version ISSN 1695-2294Print version ISSN 0212-9728

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PEREIRA, Marcos E. et al. The expression of stereotypes of criminals and human rights defenders: a comparative study. Anal. Psicol. [online]. 2013, vol.29, n.2, pp.565-572. ISSN 1695-2294.  http://dx.doi.org/10.6018/analesps.29.2.144291.

The present study aimed to evaluate, between Brazilian and Spanish participants, the stereotypes of criminals and human rights defenders, and the extent to which this assessment is affected by the type of crime and the implicit theories adopted to explain criminal behavior. Even though the results indicated differences in the attribution of stereotypes to criminals and human rights defenders, it was not possible to identify any effect on the expression of stereotypes from the type of crime or the implicit theories. Although a certain homogeneity in the stereotypes of criminals can be demonstrated, in the case of human rights defenders the stereotypical representation is more complex and contradictory.

Keywords : Human rights defenders; criminals; implicit theories; stereotypes.

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