Confirmatory Factor Analysis and Factorial Invariance of the Mechanisms of the Moral Disengagement Scale

Anyerson S. Gómez-Tabares, César Nuñez, Andrés M. Grisales-Aguirre, Gastón Zapata-Lesmes, Olber E. Arango-Tobón

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The objective of this paper was to analyze the factorial structure, psychometric characteristics, and factorial invariance by sex, age, and city of the Mechanisms of Moral Disengagement Scale in young university students. A total of 1,431 young people between the ages of 18 and 30 (M = 20.86, SD = 3.64) from two Colombian cities participated in the study. A confirmatory factor analysis (CFA) was used to test four hypothesized models. The CFA confirmed a first-order factor structure grouping the eight mechanisms of moral disengagement (Model 4), which explained 54.17% of the total variance. The final model obtained a good fit, χ2 = 12.514, RMSEA = .010, TLI = .999, AGFI = .993, CFI = 1.00, ECVI = .044, CMIN/ df = 1.138. Factorial invariance by sex, age and city of the final proposed model was confirmed. Moral disengagement mechanisms were negatively correlated with empathy and prosocial tendencies. It is concluded that this scale is valid and reliable to assess moral disengagement in Colombian youth.

Translated title of the contributionEl análisis factorial confirmatorio y la invarianza factorial de los mecanismos de la Escala de Desconexión Moral
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)75-84
Number of pages10
JournalAnuario de Psicologia Juridica
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2024


  • Confirmatory factor analysis
  • Invariance
  • Moral disengagement
  • Validation

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