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Demaray, Michelle K.

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M.A. (Master of Arts)

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Department of Psychology


To understand the underlying cognitive processes of youth involved in bullying has been of interest in bullying literature. The social cognitive theory is an important heuristic to understand bullying behaviors, and particularly the mechanisms of moral disengagement has gained considerable attention in research as an underlying motive for why youth engage in bullying behaviors. The current study is focused on developing a new moral disengagement measure that would incorporate the eight mechanisms of moral disengagement with bullying behaviors. The current study investigated whether the new measure can be distinguished into eight or four factors of moral disengagement mechanisms outlined by Bandura and examined its psychometric properties. Factor analyses of the data resulted in a single-factor 14-item measure with evidence of good fit. Further, the study found that males exhibited higher levels of moral disengagement compared to females using the new measure.


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