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ERIC Number: EJ942740
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISSN: ISSN-0891-4222
Moral Judgment of Young Sex Offenders with and without Intellectual Disabilities
van Vugt, Eveline; Asscher, Jessica; Stams, Geert Jan; Hendriks, Jan; Bijleveld, Catrien; van der Laan, Peter
Research in Developmental Disabilities: A Multidisciplinary Journal, v32 n6 p2841-2846 Nov-Dec 2011
This study examined differences in moral judgment between juvenile sex offenders with and without intellectual disabilities. The Sociomoral Reflection Measure-Short Form (SRM-SF) was used to assess moral judgment, and was extended with questions referring to general sexual situations and to the offenders' abuse victim(s). Juvenile sex offenders with and without ID significantly differed in moral judgment stage regarding general life, sexual and own abuse victim situations. Juvenile sex offenders with ID generally showed stage 2 moral reasoning, which indicated that their justifications for moral decisions were dominated by instrumental and pragmatic reciprocity, whereas juvenile sex offenders without ID used reasons and justifications representing transitional moral stage 2/3 moral judgment, indicating that the maintenance of interpersonal relationships was considered to a certain extent in their justifications for moral decisions. Future research should examine to what extent moral judgment of offenders with ID should be targeted in treatment. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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