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The reliability of observed reintegrative shaming, shame, defiance and other key concepts in diversionary conferences

Nathan Harris and Jamie B Burton
ISSN 1328-3006 ; ISBN 0 7315 2804 2
Australian National University, Canberra
RISE Working Papers, no. 5
May 1997


The Reintegrative Shaming Experiment measures a large number of factors which have been predicted by a variety of theoretical perspectives to impact on criminal activity and recidivism. The purpose of this study is to identify the most reliable measures of each concept, which is part of the process of further refining instruments by identifying areas that need further work. It also provides data on the reliability of those items which are finally used in the Reintegrative Shaming Experiment.