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ERIC Number: EJ1059582
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Jan
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0272-930X
Like Father, Like Son? The Link between Parents' Moral Disengagement and Children's Externalizing Behaviors
Camodeca, Marina; Taraschi, Emanuela
Merrill-Palmer Quarterly: Journal of Developmental Psychology, v61 n2 Article 10 p173-191 Jan 2015
This work considers a still uninvestigated research issue-namely, whether parents' moral disengagement affected preschool children's externalizing behavior. Participants were 245 children (126 girls and 119 boys) aged 3-6 years. Parents' moral disengagement was assessed in terms of their externalization of blame and their indifference in reactions to daily situations. Teachers assessed children's externalizing behaviors, including anger, aggression, egotism, and opposition. Children's moral motivation, assessed through an interview on moral transgression, and temperament, as assessed by parents, were also controlled. Results showed that parental moral disengagement was associated with children's externalizing behaviors, over and above temperament and children's moral motivation. Results are discussed in terms of the role of morality and of parents' beliefs and educational practices in children's social adjustment.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Italy