ERIC Number: EJ872714
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Feb
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Developmental Precursors of Moral Disengagement and the Role of Moral Disengagement in the Development of Antisocial Behavior
Hyde, Luke W.; Shaw, Daniel S.; Moilanen, Kristin L.
Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, v38 n2 p197-209 Feb 2010
The purpose of the study was to advance our understanding of the developmental precursors of Moral Disengagement (MD) and the role of MD in the development of antisocial behavior from early risk among an ethnically diverse sample of 187 low-income boys followed prospectively from ages 1.5 to 17. Results indicated associations between early rejecting parenting, neighborhood impoverishment, and child empathy and later MD. The link between some of these early constructs and later antisocial behavior was mediated by MD. Finally, in an exploratory path model both MD and biases in social information processing were found to mediate separate paths from early risk factors to later antisocial behavior. Results were partially consistent with the notion that adolescent MD was predicted by a combination of early family, neighborhood, and child risk factors, and that MD may be a mechanism underlying some boys' risk of antisocial behavior.
Descriptors: Neighborhoods, Antisocial Behavior, Empathy, Moral Development, Moral Values, Child Development, Males, Young Children, Children, Adolescents, Developmental Stages, Child Behavior, Correlation, Parenting Styles, Parent Child Relationship, Poverty, Environmental Influences, Psychological Patterns, Predictor Variables, Family Influence, At Risk Persons
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