This special issue on the relationship between moral disengagement and aggression brings together nine sophisticated as well as theoretically, methodologically and analytically stimulating studies. Three of the articles are concerned with individual characteristics that moderate (or buffer or aggravate) the impact of moral disengagement on aggression or include moral disengagement as a moderator on the link between individual characteristics and aggression. Three address trajectories and age-related changes by exploring developmental pathways of moral disengagement and aggression, while the remaining three treat moral disengagement in its situational context in school and family and raise questions of socialization. Besides summarizing and discussing the nine articles, this commentary raises some critical issues–for example, regarding the assessment of moral developmental processes.


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