Attitudes of students of the Zagreb University on the death penalty Cover Image

Stavovi studenata Zagrebačkog sveučilišta prema smrtnoj kazni
Attitudes of students of the Zagreb University on the death penalty

Author(s): Neven Ricijaš, Sandra Balić, Danijela Benko, Tereza Čubranić, Deniza Divanović, Selma Golubović, Robert Manenica, Marina Stergar, Jelena Šuk
Subject(s): Criminology, Penal Policy
Published by: Sveučilište u Zagrebu, Edukacijsko-rehabilitacijski fakultet
Keywords: death penalty; abolitionism; retentionism;

Summary/Abstract: The (non)justification of death penalty sentence has always been a live issue. The public seems to be more concerned with it than the experts. Croatia abolished the death sentence together with the European countries. Today, among the modern "western" countries, only the United States of America have death penalty in some of the states. The last death penalty in Croatia was executed in 1977. Now the maximum sentence, according to the Croatian criminal law, is 40 years of prison. In order to appraise the general view of students of the Zagreb University on this issue, a specific questionnaire was made based on legal, emotional and cognitive aspects of death penalty. The questionnaire contained 34 variables of Likert type with suggested 5 points answering scale (from 1-1 disagree completely, to 5 -1 agree completely). The survey was carried out on the sample of 44! third-year students of different colleges of the Zagreb University. Among other results, the final data also showed the frequency according to specific variables and the analysis of result variances with reference to sex and educational orientation of subjects (colleges of science or liberal art colleges). With reference to the sex, statistics showed a significant difference in 14 of 34 variables (greater female emotional component and greater mate retributive component). Differences with regards to the educational orientation mostly reproduce the differences shown in the sex results.

  • Issue Year: 39/2004
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 209-218
  • Page Count: 10
  • Language: Croatian