Psychopathy, gang membership, and moral disengagement among juvenile offenders

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10034/333899
Title:
Psychopathy, gang membership, and moral disengagement among juvenile offenders
Authors:
Dhingra, Katie; Debowska, Agata; Sharratt, Kathryn; Hyland, Philip; Kola-Palmer, Susanna
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.
Affiliation:
Manchester Metropolitan University ; University of Chester ; University of Huddersfield ; National College of Ireland ; University of Huddersfield
Citation:
Journal of Criminal Psychology, 2015, 5(1), pp. 13-24.
Publisher:
Emerald
Journal:
Journal of Criminal Psychology
Publication Date:
10-Nov-2014
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10034/333899
DOI:
10.1108/JCP-11-2014-0016
Additional Links:
http://www.emeraldgrouppublishing.com/products/journals/journals.htm?id=jcp
Type:
Article
Language:
en
Description:
This article is (c) Emerald Group Publishing and permission has been granted for this version to appear here.(http://chesterep.openrepository.com). Emerald does not grant permission for this article to be further copied/distributed or hosted elsewhere without the express permission from Emerald Group Publishing Limited http://dx.doi.org/
ISSN:
2009-3829
Appears in Collections:
Psychology

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dc.contributor.authorDhingra, Katieen
dc.contributor.authorDebowska, Agataen
dc.contributor.authorSharratt, Kathrynen
dc.contributor.authorHyland, Philipen
dc.contributor.authorKola-Palmer, Susannaen
dc.date.accessioned2014-11-10T17:15:16Zen
dc.date.available2014-11-10T17:15:16Zen
dc.date.issued2014-11-10en
dc.identifier.citationJournal of Criminal Psychology, 2015, 5(1), pp. 13-24.en
dc.identifier.issn2009-3829en
dc.identifier.doi10.1108/JCP-11-2014-0016en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10034/333899en
dc.descriptionThis article is (c) Emerald Group Publishing and permission has been granted for this version to appear here.(http://chesterep.openrepository.com). Emerald does not grant permission for this article to be further copied/distributed or hosted elsewhere without the express permission from Emerald Group Publishing Limited http://dx.doi.org/en
dc.description.abstractPurpose: 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.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherEmeralden
dc.relation.urlhttp://www.emeraldgrouppublishing.com/products/journals/journals.htm?id=jcpen
dc.subjectmoral disengagementen
dc.subjectpsychopathyen
dc.subjectjuvenile offendersen
dc.subjectgang membershipen
dc.subjectpathways to distanceen
dc.titlePsychopathy, gang membership, and moral disengagement among juvenile offendersen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.contributor.departmentManchester Metropolitan University ; University of Chester ; University of Huddersfield ; National College of Ireland ; University of Huddersfielden
dc.identifier.journalJournal of Criminal Psychologyen
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