Moral Disengagement from Bullying: The Effects of Gender and Classroom

Kollerová, Lenka; Janošová, Pavlína; Říčan, Pavel
September 2014
New Educational Review;2014, Vol. 37 Issue 3, p280
We examined the effects of gender and classroom membership on moral disengagement- cognitive justifications of detrimental conduct. Sixth-graders aged 11 to 13 years (N = 273) participated in the study. Bullying was registered using the Olweus Bully/Victim Questionnaire and moral disengagement was measured on a 14-item scale designed for this study. The study showed that moral disengagement related to bullying and varied as a function of gender, which supports the relevance of considering gender in moral education anti-bullying programs. Next, the study revealed significant differences in moral disengagement between classrooms. Th is finding points to the need to elucidate associations between moral disengagement and classroom characteristics.


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