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ERIC Number: EJ1059601
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Jan
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 55
ISSN: ISSN-0272-930X
Emotions of Moral Disengagement, Class Norms, and Bullying in Adolescence: A Multilevel Approach
Menesini, Ersilia; Palladino, Benedetta Emanuela; Nocentini, Annalaura
Merrill-Palmer Quarterly: Journal of Developmental Psychology, v61 n1 Article 8 p124-143 Jan 2015
Using an individual-by-environment framework, this study evaluated the role of individual- and group-level moral indices and their interaction in predicting student reports of bullying. The sample included 1,009 Italian adolescents (36% girls) from 56 classrooms (mean age = 15.02 years, SD = 0.71). Individual-level predictors included gender and emotions of moral disengagement, whereas group-level predictors included pro-bullying behaviors and class bullying norms of accepted students. Results showed that emotions of moral disengagement were associated with individual bullying and that both measures of group bullying norms--class levels of pro-bullying roles and class levels of bullying by accepted students--were associated with bullying at the classroom level. In addition, a cross-level interaction was also observed; emotions of moral disengagement were associated with increased bullying when levels of pro-bullying behavior in the classroom were higher.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Italy