Cognitive and Affective Empathy, Personal Belief in a Just World, and Bullying Among Offenders

Lopez-Perez, B. and Hanoch, Y and Holt, K and Gummerum, M (2015) Cognitive and Affective Empathy, Personal Belief in a Just World, and Bullying Among Offenders. Journal of Interpersonal Violence.

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Abstract

Bullying extract a heavy toll on offenders and the prison staff alike. We examined factors that may contribute to having a positive attitude towards bullying in a sample of offenders. Specifically, we studied the previously overlooked relationship between age and positive attitude towards bullying and whether this relationship is mediated by affective and/or cognitive empathy. Furthermore, we assessed the relationship between personal belief in a just world and positive attitude towards bullying, given that previous research on the topic is scarce. We found that age predicted a positive attitude toward bullying, mediated by affective empathy. However, we did not find a positive relationship between a positive attitude toward bullying and a personal belief in a just world. The results are discussed in terms of their application in possible intervention programs.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information and Comments: This is the author's post peer review version of an article, the final version will appear in the Sage Publications journal Journal of Interpersonal Violence.
Faculty / Department: Faculty of Science > Psychology
Depositing User: Belen Lopez-Perez
Date Deposited: 08 Jul 2016 10:09
Last Modified: 08 Jul 2016 10:09
URI: http://hira.hope.ac.uk/id/eprint/1571

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