Exploring Cognitive Decision-making Processes, Computer-focused Cyber Deviance Involvement and Victimization

The Role of Thoughtfully Reflective Decision-making

Eric R. Louderback, Olena P Antonaccio

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Abstract

Objectives: Investigate the relationship between thoughtfully reflective decision-making (TRDM) and computer-focused cyber deviance involvement and computer-focused cybercrime victimization. Method: Survey data collected from samples of 1,039 employees and 418 students at a large private university were analyzed using ordinary least squares and negative binomial regression to test the effects of TRDM on computer-focused cyber deviance involvement and victimization. Results: TRDM reduces computer-focused cyber deviance involvement and computer-focused cybercrime victimization across measures and samples. The sensitivity analyses also indicated that TRDM is a more robust predictor of cyber deviance involvement than victimization. The results from moderation analyses showed that, whereas protective effects of TRDM are invariant across genders, they are less salient among older employees for the scenario-based measure of cybercrime victimization. Conclusions: Individual-level cognitive decision-making processes are important in predicting computer-focused cyber deviance involvement and victimization. These results can inform the development of targeted institutional and criminal justice policies aimed at reducing computer-focused cybercrime.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)639-679
Number of pages41
JournalJournal of Research in Crime and Delinquency
Volume54
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1 2017

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Keywords

  • causes/correlates
  • crime
  • criminological theory
  • cybercrime
  • rational choice theory
  • victimization
  • white-collar crime

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  • Social Psychology

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