Psicologia: Reflexão e Crítica
On-line version ISSN 1678-7153
BORGES, Luciana Souza and ALENCAR, Heloisa Moulin de. Morality and homicide: a study on the motivation of the transgressor. Psicol. Reflex. Crit. [online]. 2006, vol.19, n.3, pp. 451-459. ISSN 1678-7153. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0102-79722006000300014.
We investigated the judgment of representation of reality (JRR), and the judgment of moral value (JVM) of 20 homicidal subjects (30 to 49) as to the reasons of the crime, at the time of the homicide and at the present moment. Individual interviews were carried out. We verified that the most indicated JRR, in the present and in the past, was the physical aggression suffered by the aggressor, justified in the present because the aggressor felt humiliated and, in the past, for having wished to take revenge due to his or the victim's characteristics; the most mentioned JVM in the past was that that their reasons were right due to the characteristics of the interviewees or those of the victims, for the humiliations suffered or because they needed to defend a life, whereas in the present, the most cited judgment was that their motives were wrong, in face of the negative consequences, and religious arguments.
Keywords : Morality; homicide; motivation.