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Premium Mechanisms of Moral Disengagement and Prisoner Abuse
Weill Joanna,
Haney Craig
Publication year2017
Publication title
analyses of social issues and public policy
Resource typeJournals
Abstract Bandura's research and theory on the mechanisms of moral disengagement demonstrate the various ways that persons distance themselves from their mistreatment of others to avoid or circumvent ethical constraints that should and otherwise would govern their behavior. This article examines the serious problem of prisoner abuse through the lens of moral disengagement theory to understand in part why such abuse occurs and persists. This application of moral disengagement theory underscores the importance of addressing these social psychological dynamics in any program of prison reform and the need for further research in a setting that traditionally has resisted in‐depth empirical examination.
Subject(s)criminology , disengagement theory , gerontology , medicine , moral disengagement , psychology , social psychology
SCImago Journal Rank0.479

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