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Psychological Science and Education

Publisher: Moscow State University of Psychology and Education

ISSN (printed version): 1814-2052

ISSN (online): 2311-7273


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Psychological Characteristics of Adolescents Prone to Xenophobia 1351

Dozortseva E.G.
Doctor of Psychology, Head of Laboratory of Psychology of Childhood and Adolescence, FSBI "V. Serbsky Federal Medical Research Centre for Psychiatry and Narcology" of the Ministry of Health of the Russian Federation, Moscow, Russia

Malantseva O.D.
PhD Student at the Department of Juridicial Psychology, Moscow State University of Psychology and Education; Specialist, Laboratory of the Forensic and Psychological Expertise, Russian Federal Center of the Forensic Expertise, Moscow, Russia

The article presents the results of the study aimed at determining xenophobic dispositions and their intensity level in adolescents as well as their relation with the level of development of moral reasoning and individual psychological characteristics of the adolescents. It was hypothesized that the intensity and nature of these phenomena have gender specificity and differ among adolescents with conventional normative and deviant behavior. The obtained results confirm these hypotheses and suggest that the manifestations of xenophobia among adolescents have correlates in the development of moral consciousness and in the individual psychological sphere, have significant gender specifics. Adolescents with deviant behavior have a greater risk for xenophobic dispositions development than their socially adapted peers. Based on these results it is concluded that in order to prevent xenophobia among adolescents special attention should be paid to the overall personality development of the child, to the development of his/her moral consciousness, to the increasing level of empathy and reducing the aggression.

Keywords: xenophobic dispositions, adolescence, deviant behavior, development of moral reasoning, individual psychological characteristics, gender characteristics

Column: Delinquent Children

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