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The relationships between moral reasoning, empathy and distorted cognitions amongst men with and without intellectual disabilities who have a history of criminal offending: a comparison study

Langdon, Peter E., Murphy, Glynis H., Clare, Isabel C. H., Steverson, Tom, Palmer, Emma J. (2011) The relationships between moral reasoning, empathy and distorted cognitions amongst men with and without intellectual disabilities who have a history of criminal offending: a comparison study. American Journal on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, 116 (6). pp. 438-456. ISSN 1944-7558. (doi:10.1352/1944-7558-116.6.438) (KAR id:36210)

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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
DOI/Identification number: 10.1352/1944-7558-116.6.438
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Divisions: Divisions > Division for the Study of Law, Society and Social Justice > School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research > Tizard
Depositing User: Peter Langdon
Date Deposited: 12 Nov 2013 14:52 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2021 12:48 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/36210 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Murphy, Glynis H.: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7817-5861
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