Thesis Title: Paternal Responsiveness, Moral Disengagement and Antisocial Behaviour in Late Childhood

 Student Name: Sidra Mushtaq

Supervisor: Shahnila Tariq, PhD

Degree: BS

Year: 2014-2018

Department: Institute of Applied Psychology

University: Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan

Corresponding Address: Department of Applied Psychology, University of the Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan. Email: chairperson@appsy.pu.edu.pk, Phone: 92-42-9231245

Abstract

The present study intended to find out relationship between paternal responsiveness, moral disengagement and antisocial behaviour in late childhood. It was hypothesized that there would be relationship between paternal responsiveness, moral disengagement and antisocial behavior; paternal responsiveness would predict antisocial behavior and moral disengagement would predict antisocial behaviour. Correlational research design was used and purposive sampling technique was employed to recruit the sample of N = 200 school children with age range 9-12 years. The research instruments included translated versions of Moral Disengagement Scale (Bandura, 1995), Paternal Responsiveness Scale (Pasquali, et al., 2011), and Anti-Social Behavior Scale (Koerhuis, 2007). Results revealed that there was a positive relationship between paternal responsiveness, moral disengagement and antisocial behaviour. Moreover, paternal responsiveness negatively while moral disengagement positively predicted antisocial behaviour. These results have implications in various research settings including increasing awareness of fathers about how much responsive they should become for the better upbringing of their child and provide better understanding about how moral disengagement can lead to antisocial behaviour.

Keywords:    paternal     responsiveness,     moral     disengagement, antisocial behavior, late childhood.

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