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ERIC Number: EJ1064128
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Apr
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 20
Moral Disengagement in Business and Humanities Majors: An Exploratory Study
Cory, Suzanne N.; Hernandez, Abigail R.
Research in Higher Education Journal, v23 Apr 2014
This study measures moral disengagement of undergraduate business and humanities students with a focus on differences in moral disengagement between genders. Students completed a survey that consisted of 32 statements and were asked to determine the degree to which they agreed with each, using a 7-point Likert scale. The questions measured moral justification, euphemistic labeling, advantageous comparisons, diffusion of responsibility, distortion of consequences, attribution of blame, and dehumanization. Only one significant difference was found between the business majors and the humanities majors. However, several differences were found when comparing responses from males and females both for the total sample and within each major classification. Finally, when comparing females between majors, no differences were found. However, three differences were found when comparing males by major. The results suggest gender differences exist in moral disengagement tendencies.
Descriptors: Humanities Instruction, Humanities, Business Administration Education, Ethics, Moral Values, Moral Development, Majors (Students), Undergraduate Students, Gender Differences, Student Surveys, Student Attitudes, Likert Scales, Comparative Analysis, Correlation, Deception, Locus of Control
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Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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