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Title: Mechanisms of Moral Disengagement in the Endorsement of Asylum Seeker Policies in Australia
Contributor(s): Greenhalgh, Elizabeth  (author); Watt, Susan E  (author)orcid ; Schutte, Nicola  (author)orcid 
Publication Date: 2015
DOI: 10.1080/10508422.2014.951720
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Abstract: Moral disengagement is a process whereby the self-regulatory mechanisms that would otherwise sanction unethical conduct can be selectively disabled. The present research proposed that moral disengagement might be adopted in the endorsement of asylum seeker policies in Australia, and in order to test this, developed and validated a scale in two studies. Factor analysis demonstrated that a two-factor, 16-item structure had the best fit, and the construct validity of the scale was supported. Results provide evidence for the use of moral disengagement in the context of asylum seekers as a means of rationalizing conduct that may otherwise be sanctioned.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Ethics and Behavior, 25(6), p. 482-499
Publisher: Routledge
Place of Publication: United States of America
ISSN: 1532-7019
Field of Research (FOR): 170113 Social and Community Psychology
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO): 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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