Development of a New Moral Disengagement Measure of Bullying

This session is from the NASP 2021 Annual Convention

  • PMD: 6
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Session 2: Promoting Social and Emotional Development

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. learn the eight mechanisms of moral disengagement outlined by Bandura.
  2. learn how a new measure of moral disengagement on bullying behavior is developed.
  3. learn about the literature on moral disengagement and how it has been used in research on bullying.


Moral disengagement has gained considerable attention in research as an underlying motive for why youth engage in aggressive behaviors. To prevent and intervene in school bullying, an understanding of cognitive mechanisms, such as moral disengagement, is imperative. To do so, the current study developed a new moral disengagement measure that incorporates the eight mechanisms of moral disengagement focused on different types of bullying and cyberbullying behaviors.



Ruth Jeong, Northern Illinois University


Michelle K. Demaray


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