Source: (2005) Raleigh, North Carolina:A dissertation submitted to the Graduate Faculty of North Carolina State University in partial fulfillment of the requirements for Doctor of Philosophy.

The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of two short-term group interventions with adolescent offenders. The Victim Awareness Course (VAC) was designed to help adolescents understand the multiple ways victims are impacted by offenses. The Life Skills Course (LSC) focused on skill development ranging from anger management to decision-making skills. Each intervention approached rule-breaking behavior from different perspectives. From a moral development perspective, lower levels of moral development reflect self-interest and lack of perspective for others. From a social cognitive theory perspective, delinquent behavior is attributed to both internal and external factors by which adolescents morally disengage prior to committing an offense. Examples of these mechanisms are displacement of responsibility and dehumanization of others. (author's abstract)

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