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Developmental Precursors of Moral Disengagement and a Mediator of Early Risk for Antisocial Behavior

Hyde, Luke Williamson (2008) Developmental Precursors of Moral Disengagement and a Mediator of Early Risk for Antisocial Behavior. Master's Thesis, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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The purpose of the study was to advance our understanding of the developmental precursors of Moral Disengagement (MD) and the role of MD in mediating the link between early risk and later antisocial behavior among an ethnically diverse sample of 189 low-income boys followed prospectively from ages 1.5 to 16. The results indicated that in univariate analyses measures of parenting, neighborhood impoverishment, and child empathy were all related to later MD. In multivariate analyses, neighborhood impoverishment and child empathy continued to contribute unique variance to the predication of MD, and MD was found to mediate the relationship between these two constructs and later antisocial behavior. A cumulative index of several risk factors also was related to later MD and MD mediated the relationship between cumulative risk and later antisocial behavior. Results were partially consistent with the notion that adolescent MD was predicted by a combination of early family, neighborhood, and child risk factors, and that MD may be a mechanism underlying at least some boy's risk of antisocial behavior.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Hyde, Luke Williamsonlwh2@pitt.eduLWH2
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairShaw, Daniel Scasey@pitt.eduCASEY
Committee MemberMulvey, Edward Pmulveyep@upmc.eduDANGER
Committee MemberCampbell, Susan Bsbcamp@pitt.eduSBCAMP
Date: 17 January 2008
Date Type: Completion
Defense Date: 7 September 2007
Approval Date: 17 January 2008
Submission Date: 20 September 2007
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > Psychology
Degree: MS - Master of Science
Thesis Type: Master's Thesis
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: adolescence; clinical psychology; crime; developmental psychopathology; deviance; externalizing; risk factors
Other ID:, etd-09202007-184826
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2011 20:02
Last Modified: 19 Dec 2016 14:37


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