The gay panic defense (GPD) is a type of provocation defense used in criminal trials for the purpose of mitigating a defendant’s culpability to a jury. The current study utilized chi-square tests and logistic regression to investigate the effects of the GPD on jury decision-making and to assess potential associations of personal characteristics of jurors on verdict selection. Contrary to hypotheses, testing resulted in null findings. Limitations, as well as study strengths, are discussed. Findings suggest that methodology and case details may be pertinent in the empirical investigation of the GPD.
Date of publication
Dr. Adam McGuire, Dr. Michael Barnett, Dr. Dennis Combs
Masters in Clinical Psychology
Wurm, Annika I., "Examining the Gay Panic Defense with an Experimental Design" (2022). Psychology and Counseling Theses. Paper 18.