Dr. John Gibbs

Professor, Developmental

My interests pertain to cross-cultural sociomoral development, parental socialization, empathy, prosocial behavior, and antisocial behavior. I have, with students and colleagues, developed assessment measures of moral judgment, moral identity, social perspective-taking, self-serving cognitive distortions, and social skills. We have also converted our sociomoral treatment program, EQUIP, into a prevention program for middle and high school students. The new edition of my textbook, Moral Development and Reality, has been published by Oxford University Press.

Selected Recent Publications

Potter, G. B., Gibbs, J .C., Robbins, M., & Langdon, P. E. (in press). A comprehensive cognitive behaviorial program for offenders: Responsible Adult Culture. Dordrecht: Springer.

Gibbs, J. C. (2014). Moral development and reality: Beyond the theories of Kohlberg, Hoffman, and Haidt. New York: Oxford University Press.

Gibbs, J. C., Potter, G. B., & DiBiase, A.-M. (2013). Sociomoral development for behaviorally at-risk youth: Mac's group meeting. In C. Proctor and A. Linley (eds.), Positive psychology: Research, applications, and interventions for children and adolescents (pp 225-245). Dordecht, The Netherlands: Springer.

DiBiase, A.-M., Gibbs, J. C., Potter, G. B., & Blount, M (2012). Teaching adolescents to think and act responsibly: The EQUIP approach (2nd ed.). Champaign, IL: Research Press.

Patrick, R. B., & Gibbs, J. C. (2012). Inductive discipline, parental expression of disappointed expectations, and moral identity in adolescence. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 41 973-983.

Plante, N., Daigle, M. S., Gaumont, C., Charbonneau, L., Gibbs, J. C., & Barriga, A. (2012). Validation of the "How I Think" Questionnaire in a population of French-speaking adolescents with externalizing behaviors Behavioral Sciences and the Law, 30, 196-210.

Chabrol, H., van Leeuwen, N., Rodgers, R. F., & Gibbs, J. C. (2011). Relations between self-serving cognitive distortions, pyschopathic traits, and antisocial behavior in a non-clinical sample of adolescents. Personality and Individual Differences, 51, 887-892.

Van Vugt, E. S., Gibbs, J. C., Stams, G. J. J., Bijleveld, C., Hendriks, J., & van der Laan, P. H. (2011). Moral development and recidivism: A meta-analysis. International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, 55, 1234-1250.

Glick, B., & Gibbs, J. C. (2011). Aggression replacement training (3rd ed.). Champaign, IL: Research Press.

Devlin, R.S., & Gibbs, J. C. (2010) Responsible Adult Culture (RAC): Cognitive and behavioral changes at a community-based correctional facility. Journal of Research in Character Education, 8, 1-20

Gibbs, J. C., Moshman, D., Berkowitz, M. W., Basinger, K. S., & Grime, R. L. (2009). Taking development seriously. Journal of Moral Education, 38, 271-282.

Gibbs, J. C. (2009). Moral development. In S. J. Lopez & A. Beauchamp (Eds.), Encyclopedia of positive psychology (pp. 622-626). Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association.

Gibbs, J. C. (2008). Reflections on a rescue: Three primacies in moral motivation. In D. Fasko & W. Willis (Eds.), Contemporary philosophical and psychological perspectives on moral development and education (pp. 167-184). Creskill, NJ: Hampton Press.

McCrady, F., Kaufman, K., Vasey, M. W., Barriga, A. Q, Devlin, R. S., & Gibbs, J. C. (2008). It's all about me: Incarcerated adolescent sex offenders' generic and sex-specific cognitive distortions. Sexual AbuseA Journal of Research and Treatment, 20, 261-271.

Gibbs, J. C., Basinger, K. S., Grime, R. L., & Snarey, J. R. (2007). Moral judgment development across cultures: Revisiting Kohlberg's universality claims. Developmental Review, 27, 443-500.

Patrick, R. B., & Gibbs, J. C. (2007). Parental expression of disappointment: Should it be a factor in Hoffman's model of parental discipline? Journal of Genetic Psychology, 168, 131-145.

Gibbs, J. C. (2006). Should Kohlberg's cognitive developmental approach be replaced with a more pragmatic approach? Comment on Krebs and Denton. Psychological Review113, 666-671.

Stams, G. J., Brugman, D., Dekovic, M., van Rosmale, L., van der Laan, P., & Gibbs, J. C. (2006). The moral judgment of juvenile delinquents: A meta-analysis. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology34, 697-713.

Gibbs, J. C., Basinger, K. S., & Grime, R. L.(2003). Moral judgment maturity: From clinical to standard measures. In S. J. Lopez & C. R. Snyder (Eds.), Handbook of positive psychological assessment (pp. 361-373). Washington, D. C.: American Psychological Association Books.


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