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Moral Emotions in Juvenile Offenders on Probation and Comparison Adolescents

  • THE KOREAN JOURNAL OF DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY
  • 2005, 18(4), pp.51-67
  • Publisher : The Korean Society For Developmental Psychology
  • Research Area : Social Science > Psychological Science

이희정 1 Sungchil Lee 2

1천안대학교
2서울보호관찰소

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ABSTRACT

The purposes of this study were 1) to examine moral emotions among juvenile recidivists and non-recidivists in the probation, and 2) to assess the attributions about moral emotions especially callous-unemotional traits. Three types of socio-moral transgression events were used to 30 juvenile recidivists, 30 non-recidivists, and 30 comparison adolescents. The data were analyzed through chi-squares to examine juvenile recidivists, non-recidivists and comparison adolescents' moral emotions and moral attributions. The results showed significant differences among juvenile recidivists on probation, non-recidivists and comparison adolescents in moral emotions and moral attributions. Juvenile recidivists expected victimizers would feel happier and less guilty following acts of victimization(physical harmness, theft, and lying) than non-recidivists and comparison adolescents, while recidivists showed that victims would feel less angry than comparison adolescents. so our study supported that there are callous- unemotional traits in korean delinquent samples. Also Juvenile recidivists showed victimizers would attribute outcome-dependent attributions such as material gains and comparison adolescents would feel more empathy and causal-dependent attributions such as fairness and justice. Future researches on moral emotions, especially callous-unemotional traits in the theory of conscious development and emotional intervention programs, were suggested.

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