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ERIC Number: EJ932596
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 44
ISSN: ISSN-1538-8220
Moral Disengagement among Bystanders to School Bullying
Obermann, Marie-Louise
Journal of School Violence, v10 n3 p239-257 2011
This study examined the use of moral disengagement among children indirectly involved in bullying (bystanders). A sample of Danish adolescents (N = 660, M age 12.6 years) were divided into four groups depending on their bystander status: (a) outsiders, who did not experience bullying among their peers; (b) defenders, who were likely to help the victims in bullying episodes; (c) guilty bystanders, who did nothing to help bullied peers but felt guilty about it; and (d) unconcerned bystanders, who witnessed peers being bullied, without feeling responsible. Results indicated that, besides from active personal involvement in bullying others, being an unconcerned bystander to bullying also associates with moral disengagement. Unconcerned bystanders had significantly higher moral disengagement than guilty bystanders and defenders. Outsiders also showed significant higher disengagement than defenders. Implications are discussed, highlighting the importance of further research and theory development. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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