Emotional Responses to Antisocial Acts in Adolescent Males With Conduct Disorders: A Link to Affective Morality
Examined the role of emotion-based moral processes in the committing of delinquent acts by adolescent males with conduct disorder (CD). An Affective Morality Index (AMI) was developed to assess emotional responses to vignettes of delinquent acts. CD groups, as compared to a non-CD group, reported lower levels of guilt and fear and higher levels of excitement and happiness following described transgressions. Number of CD symptoms and a recidivism-risk item were correlated negatively with reported guilt and fear and positively with happiness and excitement. Trends suggested that youth with childhood-onset CD (CO) show lower levels of affective morality than those with adolescent-onset CD (AO). There were no effects for anger. This research, and in particular the AMI, expands our understanding of affective-based morality, especially in discriminating between CD and non-CD youth.
Conduct disorders in adolescence; Antisocial personality disorders
Journal of Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology
Cimbora, David M., "Emotional Responses to Antisocial Acts in Adolescent Males With Conduct Disorders: A Link to Affective Morality" (2003). Faculty Articles & Research. 53.