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Moral development in children and adolescents who have survived a traumatic brain injury

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  • Full or part time
    Dr P Langdon
    Miss A Adlam
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    Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

Project Description

Children and adolescents who survive a traumatic brain injury (TBI) are at risk of developing behavioural problems that are likely to lead them into conflict with criminal justice agencies. There is evidence of a relationship between criminal offending and moral development amongst adolescents, but this relationship has not been explored with children and adolescents who have survived a TBI. There is also emerging evidence that psychological treatments, based upon moral development theory, may be an effective treatment for children and adolescence who engage in criminal offending. As a consequence, this project aims to examine the relationship between the moral development, neurocognitive functioning, criminogenic factors, and behaviour amongst children and adolescents with TBI. An additional aim of the project will be to examine whether not interventions, based on moral development theory, are likely to be advantageous when used with this population.

Funding Notes

Students may register from 1 October 2012 for a three year full-time MPhil/PhD degree. Stipend of £13,590 per annum (2012/13), UK/EU fees and some appropriate training costs. International applicants will have to pay the difference between the home fees and the international fees

Applicants should hold a 2:1 degree or above or a master's degree in Psychology or equivalent.

Those applicants whose first language is not English must demonstrate evidence of appropriate English language proficiency, normally defined as a minimum IELTS score of 7.5 (Overall Band Score) with 7.5 in all elements or equivalent.


Langdon, P. E., Clare, I. C. H., & Murphy, G. H. (2010). Developing an understanding of the literature relating to the moral development of people with intellectual disabilities. Developmental Review, 30, 273-293.

Langdon, P. E., Murphy, G. H., Clare, I. C. H., & Palmer, E. J. (2010). The psychometric properties of the Socio-Moral Reflection Measure – Short Form and the Moral Theme Inventory for men with and without intellectual disabilities. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 31, 1204-1215.

Langdon, P. E., Murphy, G. H., Clare, I. C. H., Palmer, E. J., & Rees, J. (2010). An evaluation of the EQUIP treatment programme with men who have intellectual or other developmental disabilities. . Submitted to Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities.

Langdon, P. E., Murphy, G. H., Clare, I. C. H., Steverson, T., & Palmer, E. J. (2010). An examination of the relationships between moral reasoning, empathy and distorted cognitions amongst men with and without intellectual disabilities who have a history of criminal offending. Submitted to the American Journal on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.

Williams, W.H., Cordon, G., Mewes, A.J., Tonks, J. & Burgess, C.N. (2010). Self-reported traumatic brain injury in male young offenders: A risk factor for re-offending, poor mental health, and violence? Neuropsychological Rehabilitation, 6, 801-812.

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