The Influence of Moral Disengagement and Negative Emotion on Antisocial Sport Behavior.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

449 Downloads (Pure)


Given the prevalence of antisocial behavior in sport, researchers have begun to explore the role of self-regulatory processes in reducing such conduct. In this research, we examined the effects of moral disengagement on emotion and antisocial sport behavior. Specifically, we investigated whether moral disengagement facilitated antisocial behavior and whether this effect was mediated by anticipated feelings of guilt. Using a cross-sectional design, Study 1 found that the relationship between moral disengagement and antisocial behavior was partially mediated by anticipated guilt. Using an experimental design, Study 2 found that attribution of blame (i.e., moral disengagement mechanism) reduced negative emotional reactions to antisocial behavior and increased reported likelihood to act antisocially; this latter effect was mediated by anticipated guilt. The present findings provide empirical support for Bandura's (1991) social–cognitive theory of moral thought and action, whereby moral disengagement facilitates antisocial behavior partly because it affects anticipated guilt.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)117-129
JournalSport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology
Issue number2
Early online date26 Nov 2012
Publication statusPublished - May 2013


  • affective pictures
  • valence
  • mediation
  • guilt


Dive into the research topics of 'The Influence of Moral Disengagement and Negative Emotion on Antisocial Sport Behavior.'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this