The Impact of Moral Emotions Upon Violent and Aggressive Behavior: A Review of the Literature
In recent years, the United States has had to cope with a flood of violence by American adolescents. Research has been conducted in an effort to uncover possible factors and/or reasons leading to youth violence. This review examined several of these experiments and found that many ignored the role moral emotions have upon a person's behavior. Thus, it was the purpose of this review to examine research that explored the role between moral emotions and a person's proneness towards behaving in violent and aggressive ways. Of the research examined, all of the studies indicated a link between one's ability to attribute moral emotions and one's tendency towards violence. It was concluded from the research that having a decreased ability to attribute moral emotions generally led to proneness towards violent and aggressive behavior. Recommendations were made for future research to continue the exploration of the importance moral emotions can have on a person's tendency towards violence.
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Master of Science (M.S.)
College of Arts and Sciences
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Arts and Sciences -- Dissertations, Academic; Dissertations, Academic -- Arts and Sciences
Kijanski, Erica Jean, "The Impact of Moral Emotions Upon Violent and Aggressive Behavior: A Review of the Literature" (1999). Retrospective Theses and Dissertations. 2168.