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When Are Sexist Attitudes Risk Factors for Dating Aggression? The Role of Moral Disengagement in Spanish Adolescents

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Department of Developmental and Educational Psychology, University of Seville, 41018 Seville, Spain
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Department of Psychology, Universidad Loyola Andalucía, 41704 Seville, Spain
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Academic Editors: Isabel Cuadrado-Gordillo, Inmaculada Fernández-Antelo and Gonzalo del Moral Arroyo
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(4), 1947; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18041947
Received: 12 January 2021 / Revised: 11 February 2021 / Accepted: 13 February 2021 / Published: 17 February 2021
This research aimed to explore the interplay of sexism and moral disengagement (MD) in the explanation of psychological and physical dating aggression. The sample comprised 1113 Spanish adolescents (49.2% girls, n = 552) between the ages of 12 to 17 (M = 14.44). A latent profile analysis conducted with sub-sample of 432 adolescents with sentimental experience identified four configurations: (1) benevolent; (2) less disengaged and sexist; (3) highly disengaged and sexist; and (4) moderately disengaged and sexist. Regarding gender and age, boys were more present than girls in the moderately disengaged and sexist group, as well as in the highly disengaged and sexist profile. The highly disengaged and sexist and benevolent groups were the youngest. Regarding dating aggression, the highly disengaged and sexist group had the highest engagement in physical and psychological aggression. However, the others three profiles showed a similar engagement in aggression. These findings confirmed the moderating role of MD on the relationship between sexism and dating aggression and suggested that the association between MD, sexism, and dating aggression was exponential; that is, the risk appeared when adolescents were extremely hostile and disengaged. The results have implications for the design of tailored dating aggression prevention programmes. View Full-Text
Keywords: sexism; moral disengagement; dating aggression; adolescents; couples sexism; moral disengagement; dating aggression; adolescents; couples
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Sánchez-Jiménez, V.; Muñoz-Fernández, N. When Are Sexist Attitudes Risk Factors for Dating Aggression? The Role of Moral Disengagement in Spanish Adolescents. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18, 1947. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18041947

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Sánchez-Jiménez V, Muñoz-Fernández N. When Are Sexist Attitudes Risk Factors for Dating Aggression? The Role of Moral Disengagement in Spanish Adolescents. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2021; 18(4):1947. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18041947

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Sánchez-Jiménez, Virginia, and Noelia Muñoz-Fernández. 2021. "When Are Sexist Attitudes Risk Factors for Dating Aggression? The Role of Moral Disengagement in Spanish Adolescents" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 18, no. 4: 1947. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18041947

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