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Online celebrity aggression : a combination of low empathy and high moral disengagement? The relationship between empathy and moral disengagement and adolescents' online celebrity aggression
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Abstract
Adolescents regularly become involved in online aggression. While existing research mainly concentrated on online peer aggression, some studies pointed to adolescents' aggression toward other targets, such as celebrities. It is known that socio-cognitive characteristics such as empathy and moral disengagement are associated with adolescents' aggression toward peers, but so far it remains unexplored if these traits can also explain celebrity aggression. The current study investigated the relationship between affective and cognitive empathy, moral disengagement and online celebrity aggression. The sample consisted of 1255 adolescents with a mean age of 14.17 years (SD = 0.47). Participants completed the Moral Disengagement Scale adapted to a celebrity context, the Emotional Quotient and a scale measuring mild and severe online celebrity aggression. Structural equation analysis in Mplus indicated that, when controlling for gender and celebrity media consumption, affective empathy was associated with severe and not with mild online celebrity aggression. The cognitive component of empathy was unrelated with online aggression toward celebrities. Moral disengagement was related with mild and severe online celebrity aggression and also mediated the relationship between affective empathy and both mild and severe celebrity aggression. Following these results, strategies aiming at reducing celebrity aggression may benefit from a focus on socio-cognitive characteristics.
Language
English
Source (journal)
Computers in human behavior. - Elmsford, N.Y.
Publication
Elmsford, N.Y. : 2018
ISSN
0747-5632
Volume/pages
89 (2018) , p. 61-69
ISI
000449136900007
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UAntwerpen
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Examining the Effects of Media Celebrity Bashing and Celebrity Testimonials on Cyberbullying amongst Adolescents.
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Publications with a UAntwerp address
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Web of Science
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Creation 10.12.2018
Last edited 20.09.2021
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