Journal of Sports Science and Medicine
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©Journal of Sports Science and Medicine ( 2018 ) 17 , 437 - 444

Research article
Moral Disengagement and Student Misbehavior in Physical Education
Wei-Ting Hsu1, Yi-Hsiang Pan2, 
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1 Center for General Education, Fo Guang University, Taiwan
2 Graduate Institute of Physical Education, National Taiwan Sport University, Taiwan

Yi-Hsiang Pan
✉ Graduate Institute of Physical Education, National Taiwan Sport University, 250 Wen-Hwa 1st Road, Kwei-Shan, Tao-Yuan County, Taiwan, ROC
Email: a0922302951@gmail.com
Publish Date
Received: 26-02-2018
Accepted: 13-04-2018
Published (online): 14-08-2018
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ABSTRACT

This study examined how mechanisms of moral disengagement (MD) were related to students’ self-reported misbehaviors. Participants were 282 and 336 high school students enrolled in physical education classes. In Stage 1, results of regression analysis showed that advantageous comparison and non-responsibility positively predicted four misbehaviors (i.e., low engagement, failure to follow directions, poor self-management, and distracting behavior). In Stage 2, results of the structural equation modeling confirmed that advantageous comparison and non-responsibility were the significant predictors of student misbehavior in physical education. It is suggested that prevention and intervention programs should address students’ advantageous comparison (e.g., compared to skipping class, it is not a big deal to be shirking in class) and non-responsibility (e.g., no one is taking the class seriously; I am just one of them) to reduce misbehaviors in the physical education context.

Key words: Classroom management, instruction in physical education, youth development


           Key Points
  • The mechanisms of moral disengagement have been applied in recent studies on behaviors during physical activities, supporting the idea that moral disengagement in individuals is significantly correlated to their negative behaviors.
  • The mechanisms of advantageous comparison and non-responsibility positively predicted misbehaviors in physical education.
  • Prevention and intervention programs should also address advantageous comparison and non-responsibility in order to reduce students’ misbehavior in the physical education context.
 
 
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