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Unique and Interactive Effects of Moral Emotions and Moral Disengagement on Bullying and Defending among School Children
Linköping University, Department of Behavioural Sciences and Learning, Education, Teaching and Learning. Linköping University, Faculty of Educational Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9233-3862
University of Padova.
University of Padova.
Lunds universitet.
2015 (English)In: The Elementary school journal, ISSN 0013-5984, E-ISSN 1554-8279, Vol. 116, no 2, 322-337 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The first aim of the present study was to examine in a single model how moral disengagement and moral emotions were related to bullying and defending behavior among schoolchildren. The second aim was to test whether the two moral dimensions interacted with each other to explain behavior in bullying situations. Data were collected from 561 Swedish students. Moral disengagement was positively associated with bullying and negatively associated with defending, whereas moral emotions score was negatively associated with bullying and positively associated with defending. Moreover, students who scored high in moral emotions did not tend to bully other students, irrespective of their levels of moral disengagement, whereas when the moral emotions score was low bullying behavior increased with increasing levels of moral disengagement. In contrast, moral disengagement was negatively related to defending behavior at low levels of moral emotions, but not when moral emotions were high.

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2015. Vol. 116, no 2, 322-337 p.
Keyword [en]
bullying, bystander, defender, defending, moral disengagement, moral emotion, empathy, sympathy, guilt, aggression, moral development, morality, prosocial behavior
Keyword [sv]
mobbning, vittne, åskådare, försvara, aggression, prosocial, moraliskt disengagemang, moraliska emotioner, moraliska känslor, moral, moralisk utveckling, empati, sympati, skuld
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Pedagogy Psychology Social Psychology
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-123595DOI: 10.1086/683985ISI: 000365827100007OAI: diva2:890047
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