Debra L. Worthington

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As hospice services have expanded, patient care volunteers have become increasingly important in providing support to the dying and their families. Fundamental to the success of hospice volunteers is the quality of interaction among the volunteer, the dying patient, and his or her family. This article examines the extent to which a specific hospice program(More)
This study examines the influence of the organizational strategy used to structure opening statements and closing arguments on presentation effectiveness in a simulated civil trial. Two organizational structures, a narrative and a legal-expository format, were manipulated to produce a 2 (plaintiff organizational strategy) x 3 (defense organizational(More)
In the legal system, jurors are asked to render a decision after the event in question has already occurred and the final outcome, typically negative, is known. This "after-the-fact" structure of the legal system makes jurors susceptible to a human judgment phenomenon known as hindsight bias. This study focused on reducing hindsight bias in a courtroom(More)
The relative contributions of subtle and obvious item endorsements to the prediction of a relevant criterion were assessed under faking and control ("honest") conditions. The MMPI and a nonconformity questionnaire were first administered to 100 male college students. Items on the Pd scale and 101 additional MMPI items that correlated significantly with the(More)
Social scientific and legal scholars have examined the potential of a variety of case-relevant biases to distort juror decision-making (inter alia, death penalty attitudes, attitudes toward corporations, attitudes toward physicians, etc.). However, previous research has yet to address empirically the impact of attitudes toward suicide on juror(More)
Previous research suggests that attorney opening and closing statement organizational patterns interact, affecting jurors’ negligence and damage awards (Spiecker & Worthington, 2003). Drawing upon unpublished data from this previous study, results of this analysis help to explain why some combinations of organizational patterns are more advantageous than(More)
This study examined jurors' health locus of control, locus of authority, sex, and attribution assigned to the physician in a simulated trial by subject-jurors. Subjects viewed videotaped closing arguments of a fictionalized medical malpractice case and assigned fault to each party in the case. The primary finding was that women tended to assign greater(More)
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