Relationships among moral reasoning, empathy and distorted cognitions in men with ID and a history of criminal offending

Langdon, Peter E. and Murphy, Glynis H. and Clare, Isabel C. H. and Steverson, Tom and Palmer, Emma J. (2011) Relationships among moral reasoning, empathy and distorted cognitions in men with ID and a history of criminal offending. American Journal on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, 116 (6). pp. 438-456. ISSN 1944-7558. (The full text of this publication is not available from this repository)

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Abstract

Eighty men, spread equally across 4 groups, were recruited, including men with and without intellectual disabilities. The men were either criminal offenders or nonoffenders. Participants completed measures of moral reasoning, empathy, and distorted cognitions. The results indicated that the moral reasoning abilities of offenders with intellectual disabilities were developmentally delayed but were still more mature than those of nonoffenders with intellectual disabilities. Offenders without intellectual disabilities had less mature moral reasoning abilities than nonoffenders without intellectual disabilities. The differences may be partially accounted for by intellectual ability. The results also indicated that the relationship between empathy and distorted cognitions was mediated by moral reasoning. The findings have implications for the use of psychological interventions with offenders with intellectual disabilities.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare > HV1568 Disability studies
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research > Tizard
Depositing User: Jo Ruffels
Date Deposited: 03 Dec 2012 12:24
Last Modified: 28 May 2014 11:06
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/32260 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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