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Bystander passivity in health care and school settings: Moral disengagement, moral distress, and opportunities for moral education
Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine. Linköping University, Department of Thematic Studies, Technology and Social Change. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1514-677X
Linköping University, Department of Behavioural Sciences and Learning, Education, Teaching and Learning. Linköping University, Faculty of Educational Sciences.
Linköping University, Department of Behavioural Sciences and Learning, Education, Teaching and Learning. Linköping University, Faculty of Educational Sciences.
Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Division of Children's and Women's health. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. Region Östergötland, Center of Paediatrics and Gynaecology and Obstetrics, Department of Gynaecology and Obstetrics in Linköping.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2902-7077
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2019 (English)In: Journal of Moral Education, ISSN 0305-7240, E-ISSN 1465-3877, Vol. 48, no 2, p. 199-213Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

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 guiltybystanders 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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Routledge, 2019. Vol. 48, no 2, p. 199-213
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bystander passivity, moral disengagement, moral distress, school, health care
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Social Psychology Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-150900DOI: 10.1080/03057240.2018.1471391ISI: 000463712200004Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85049631558OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-150900DiVA, id: diva2:1245003
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Funding agencies: Swedish Research Council [2011-2478, 2013-7753, 2014-2749]

Available from: 2018-09-04 Created: 2018-09-04 Last updated: 2019-05-14Bibliographically approved

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Brüggemann, Adrianus JelmerForsberg, CamillaColnerud, GunnelWijma, BarbroThornberg, Robert

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