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Psychopathy, Gang membership, And moral disengagement among juvenile offenders

Dhingra, K and Debowska, A and Sharratt, K and Hyland, P and Kola-Palmer, S (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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Purpose – The purpose of this paper is 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 (n¼769) 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. © Emerald Group.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
Divisions: Natural Sciences and Psychology
Publisher: Emerald
Date Deposited: 09 Sep 2016 11:11
Last Modified: 12 Sep 2017 17:27
DOI or Identification number: 10.1108/JCP-11-2014-0016
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/4117

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