Parental Acceptance-Rejection, Moral Disengagement and Antisocial Behavior in Adults with Criminal History

Author: Junaid Ahmad
Supervisor: Waqas Hassan
Degree: M.Sc
Year: 2014-2016
University: Institute of Applied Psychology, Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan

The present research was designed to explore the relationship between parental acceptance rejection, moral disengagement and antisocial behavior among adults with criminal history. It was hypothesized that there would be relationship parental acceptance rejection and anti-social behavior among adults with criminal history. Moral disengagement will positively relate to anti-social behavior and moral disengagement will mediate relationship between parental acceptance-rejection and anti- social behavior among adults with criminal history. Correlational research design was used. A sample of 50 male adults with criminal history from different jails by the help of convenience sampling was collected. Parental Acceptance Rejection Questionnaire (Rohner, 2007), Moral Disengagement Scale (Bandura et al., 1996) and Antisocial Behaviour Questionnaire (Alexandra Burtand M. Brent Donnellan, 2009) were used. Pearson correlation showed that there is no significant relationship of parental acceptance rejection of both father and mother with antisocial behavior and moral disengagement. Moral disengagement is significantly positively correlated with antisocial behavior. The mediation analysis shows that there was no significant indirect effect of parental acceptance rejection on antisocial behavior through moral disengagement (mediator). This study can be helpful to the people working in forensic settings in understanding criminal behavior and for psychologists training parents with parenting techniques.

Keywords: Parental Acceptance-Rejection, Moral Disengagement, Antisocial Behavior, Criminal History.
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