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ERIC Number: EJ1211394
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0305-7240
Bystander Passivity in Health Care and School Settings: Moral Disengagement, Moral Distress, and Opportunities for Moral Education
Brüggemann, A. Jelmer; Forsberg, Camilla; Colnerud, Gunnel; Wijma, Barbro; Thornberg, Robert
Journal of Moral Education, v48 n2 p199-213 2019
Bystander passivity has received increased attention in the prevention of interpersonal harm, but it is poorly understood in many settings. In this article we explore bystander passivity in three settings based on existing literature: patient abuse in health care; bullying among schoolchildren; and oppressive treatment of students by teachers. Throughout the article we develop a theoretical approach that connects Obermann's "unconcerned" and "guilty" bystanders to theories of moral disengagement and moral distress respectively. Despite differences between the three settings, we show striking similarities between processes of disengagement, indicators of distress, and the constraints for intervention that bystanders identify. In relation to this, we discuss moral educational efforts that aim to strengthen bystanders' moral agency in health care and school settings. Many efforts emphasize shared problem descriptions and collective responsibilities. As challenging as such efforts may be, there can be much to gain in terms of welfare and justice.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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