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A Review of Research on the Antecedents of Moral Disengagement

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DOI: 10.25236/icfmhss.2022.037


Yaning Geng, Qishan Zheng

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Qishan Zheng


The progress of today's times and the rapid development of science and technology have led to the basic satisfaction of people's material life, and the pursuit of spiritual life has become higher and higher. However, the rich material life does not make the construction of spiritual civilization smooth, on the contrary, the major media nowadays often report some immoral behaviour in society. Immoral behaviour is defined as behaviour by individuals that violates the moral standards of the society and culture in which they live for their own benefit, to the detriment of the interests of others and the public good. Moral disengagement play a mediating role in explaining unethical behaviour. Moral disengagement are specific cognitive tendencies that individuals develop that include redefining their behaviour to make it appear less harmful, minimising their own responsibility in the consequences of their behaviour and reducing their identification with the suffering of the harmed target. In this paper, we will consider and explore the antecedents of moral disengagement based on existing theory and research in terms of the factors that influence moral disengagement.


Moral Disengagement; A Review of Research