This course is based upon material published in the journal Criminal Justice and Behavior by Sage Publications on behalf of the International Association for Correctional and Forensic Psychology (IACFP). This course, including the continuing education credits are offered free of charge as a benefit to all IACFP members via the web link http://cjb.sagepub.com/content/42/8/819.full.pdf+html
Bandura’s theory of moral disengagement (MD) refers to the freeing of oneself from moral or ethical standards to engage in wrongdoing. Little is known about heterogeneity in MD among serious adolescent offenders, how MD changes over time in the transition from adolescence to early adulthood, and how such heterogeneity corresponds to offending. We used data from the Pathways to Desistance study, a longitudinal study of a sample of serious youthful offenders followed for 7 years, to examine trajectories of MD as well as the relationship of these trajectories to offending. Furthermore, we assessed whether MD varied by demographic and individual characteristics. Results indicated the presence of three trajectories: low, moderate, and high patterns. Females and Whites were more likely to be in the low-MD trajectory, whereas Hispanics were more likely to be in the high-MD trajectory. Respondents in the moderate or high-MD trajectories had more re-arrests at the 7-year follow-up relative to those in the low-MD trajectory, net of controls.
Forensic and clinical psychologists can benefit from this course. In addition, this course is appropriate for social workers and professional counselors, especially those interested in forensic psychology or those who work within the criminal justice system. This course is appropriate for intermediate and advanced level practitioners who wish to enhance their knowledge of moral disengagement in adolescents, especially those in secure juvenile justice settings.
Authors: Cardwell, Piquero, Jennings, Copes, Schubert, Mulvey
Learning Objectives: This course will provide the practitioner with detailed information regarding the theory of moral disengagement. Specifically, a professional will:
- Identify heterogeneity and changes over time in the transition from adolescence to early adulthood and how they corresponds to offending.
- Distinguish between moral disengagement and trajectories within the multivariate framework of the study.
- Describe the theory and research on moral disengagement.
Citation: Cardwell, S. M., (2015). Variability in moral Disengagement and its Relation to Offending in a Sample of Serious Youthful Offenders. Criminal Justice and Behavior.
Participants will identify heterogeneity and changes over time in the transition from adolescence to early adulthood and how they correspond to offending.
Participants will distinguish between moral disengagement and trajectories within the multivariate framework of the study.
Participants will describe the theory and research on moral disengagement.