ERIC Number: EJ1042941
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 59
Moral Disengagement Processes in Bullying
Hymel, Shelley; Bonanno, Rina A.
Theory Into Practice, v53 n4 p278-285 2014
Bullying is the most common form of interpersonal violence facing youth in schools, and recent school-based intervention efforts have shown only limited success in reducing such behavior. Accordingly, this article considers the utility of Albert Bandura's theory of moral disengagement in understanding bullying behavior among children and youth. Originally developed to explain how adults are able to engage in extreme forms of aggression without apparent self-condemnation, we review research examining the links between moral disengagement and peer bullying and aggression in children and adolescents, documenting significant associations between the ability to disengage from moral self-sanctions and aggressive behavior (including bullying). Given these links, we consider the implications of these findings for educational practice.
Descriptors: Bullying, Violence, School Safety, Interpersonal Relationship, Student Behavior, Behavior Problems, Longitudinal Studies, Moral Values, Attribution Theory, Aggression, Children, Adolescents, Literature Reviews, Meta Analysis, Elementary Secondary Education
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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