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Moral disengagement and self-reported harassment proclivity in men: the mediating effects of moral judgment and emotions

Page, Thomas, Pina, Afroditi (2018) Moral disengagement and self-reported harassment proclivity in men: the mediating effects of moral judgment and emotions. Journal of Sexual Aggression, 24 (2). pp. 157-180. ISSN 1355-2600. E-ISSN 1742-6545. (doi:10.1080/13552600.2018.1440089) (KAR id:66521)

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Three online studies investigated the association between moral disengagement and men’s self-reported harassment proclivity. Participants (total N = 336) were required to read a vignette depicting either quid pro quo harassment (studies 1 and 2) or hostile work environment harassment (study 3). A salience manipulation was used in each study to explore the causal directionality of this association. The mediating effects of moral judgment, negative affect (guilt and shame) and positive affect (happiness) about the harassment were also assessed as participants were asked to imagine themselves as the harassment perpetrator. Across the three studies, it was shown that moral disengagement had an indirect effect in predicting men’s proclivity to harass by lowering their moral judgment and negative affect about the harassment, conversely amplifying positive affect. Overall, the findings support social cognitive theory, indicating that moral disengagement may enable people to self-regulate their own behavioural inclinations to harass.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1080/13552600.2018.1440089
Uncontrolled keywords: Moral disengagement; sexual harassment; sexual harassment proclivity; workplace; social cognition; emotions
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Psychology > Centre of Research & Education in Forensic Psychology
Depositing User: Afroditi Pina
Date Deposited: 23 Mar 2018 11:43 UTC
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2020 04:17 UTC
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