The Effects of the Justice System on the Mental Health of Plaintiffs and Defendants

  title={The Effects of the Justice System on the Mental Health of Plaintiffs and Defendants},
  author={Miguel Clemente and Dolores Padilla-Racero},
This study aimed to assess the psychological effects of being processed by the justice system, either as a plaintiff or as a defendant. The sample consisted of 360 subjects, 32.8% defendants and 52.2% plaintiffs, residents in the Autonomous Community of Galicia (NW Spain). A lot of psychological test were administered. The results indicated significant differences between plaintiffs and defendants. The former were more pessimistic about the future, used poor strategies for protecting health… 
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