O. J. Simpson: A threat to internal validity?

Mindy B. Mechanic, Mark S Aber

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We examined the effects of a naturally occurring social event that had the potential to affect the results of an ongoing research project evaluating knowledge of and beliefs about battering in a simulated battered woman 's homicide trial. When the O. J. Simpson murder allegations first unfolded, the study was 75% completed. The extent of media attention to issues of battering and domestic homicide necessitated the inclusion of additional research participants and more in-depth study of several related issues. Very few differences between pre-Simpson and post-Simpson participants were unearthed. For the majority of participants, the issue of domestic violence was likely not salient and was seen as a contextual factor for understanding why the homicides might have occurred, rather than as an independent focal point of substantive concern.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)517-530
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Social Issues
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jan 1 1997

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)

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