ERIC Number: ED024066
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968-Sep-1
Reference Count: 0
Teaching About the Authoritarian Personality: Effects on Moral Judgment.
In order to test the effectiveness of teaching in modifying moral judgments, 200 students were administered a test of moral judgments in mitigating circumstances. Of the five classes, two received instruction about the authoritarian personality, while three classes served as controls and received no such information. In a pretest-posttest design, with effects of pretesting statistically analyzed, it was found that the students who were taught about the authoritarian personality made significantly less severe moral judgments. In addition, females were more moralistic than males, and first born females were more moralistic than later born women. The results somewhat contradict Jacob (1957) on the effects of teaching, and suggest that moral judgments can be experimentally manipulated to be less severe. (Author)
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Authoring Institution: American Psychological Association, Washington, DC.
Note: Speech presented at the American Psychological Association Convention, San Francisco, California, August 30 through September 3, 1968.