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Psychopathy, Gang Membership, and Moral Disengagement among Juvenile Offenders

Dhingra, Katie, Debowska, Agata, Sharratt, Kathryn, Hyland, Philip and Kola-Palmer, Susanna (2015) Psychopathy, Gang Membership, and Moral Disengagement among Juvenile Offenders. Journal of Criminal Psychology, 5 (1). pp. 13-24. ISSN 2009-3829

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Abstract

Purpose: The aim of the current study was to investigate the impact of psychopathy factors and gang membership on moral disengagement while controlling for age, ethnicity, having run away from home, family member and/or friend arrests, substance misuse, parental physical fights, violence exposure (victimization and witnessing), and maternal warmth and hostility.
Design/methodology/approach: The research is based on data collected from serious juvenile offenders (N = 769) as part of the Pathways to Desistance Study.
Findings: Six independent variables made a unique statistically significant contribution to the model: gang membership, age, gender, violence exposure, and psychopathy Factors 1 and 2. Psychopathy Factor 1 was the strongest predictor of moral disengagement.
Originality/value: Results indicate that youth with heightened psychopathic traits make greater use of strategies to rationalize and justify their harmful behaviour against others. Implications in relation to theory and previous studies are discussed.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Schools: School of Human and Health Sciences
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Depositing User: Cherry Edmunds
Date Deposited: 07 Nov 2014 16:30
Last Modified: 30 Nov 2015 02:58
URI: http://eprints.hud.ac.uk/id/eprint/22241

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