Title

Comparing Legal Attitudes of Anglo- And Latino-Americans: Confirming the Factor Structure of the Legal Attitudes Questionnaire

Publication Date

2016

Document Type

Article

Abstract

The Legal Attitudes Questionnaire (LAQ) is a commonly used measure of juror bias; however, the factor structure of the English-language version of this measure has yet to be confirmed. This research compared the model fit of three competing models of the English-language LAQ within 504 Anglo-American and 290 Latino-American students. Results indicated that the Couch and Sundre (2001) three-factor structure provided the best fit to the LAQ. Latent mean differences indicated that Latino-Americans endorsed more authoritarian attitudes and more negative views of the police than Anglo-Americans. Interpretation of these findings and implications for future use are discussed. © 2016 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.

Publication Title

Journal of Ethnicity in Criminal Justice

Volume

14

Issue

3

First Page

195

Last Page

212

DOI

10.1080/15377938.2016.1187233

Version

pre-print, post-print (with 12 month embargo)

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