ERIC Number: ED205838
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-May
Implicational Schemata and the Attribution of Morality.
Reeder, Glenn D.; Spores, John M.
Attribution of a disposition or trait to a person asserts information about the pattern of that person's behavior. Past research has suggested that a moral disposition implies only moral behavior, while an immoral disposition implies both moral and immoral behavior. The effect of these implicational schemata on attributions of morality was investigated to examine the relationship between moral dispositions and moral behaviors. Subjects (N=40) read stories about 4 persons, each of whom behaved either morally (returning lost money) or immorally (keeping lost money). Situational demands surrounding the behavior (peer pressure) facilitated either one or the other of these behaviors. Results from the measure of attributed morality revealed an interaction of behavior and situational demand. Compared to attributions on moral behavior, attributions on immoral behavior were relatively unaffected by situational demands. Immoral behavior resulted in relatively immoral attributions, regardless of situational demands. (Author/NRB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association (53rd, Detroit, MI, April 30-May 2, 1981).