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ERIC Number: EJ1144829
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1543-1223
Moral Motivation, Moral Judgment, and Antisocial Behavior
Brooks, Jeff; Bock, Tonia; Narvaez, Darcia
Journal of Research in Character Education, v9 n2 p149-165 2013
The link between judgment and action is weak throughout psychology, including moral psychology. That is, people often do not act in accordance with their reasoning. Might moral judgment development be better viewed as a capacity that inhibits "immoral" behavior? One model that helps account for the moral judgment-action gap is Rest's (1983) Four Component Model of morality which postulates that at least 4 processes must take place for a moral behavior to ensue (sensitivity, judgment, motivation, implementation). We address judgment and motivation. We compared moral judgment and moral motivation in undergraduates to see which might be more negatively related to immoral action, specifically, antisocial behavior. In a structural equation model predicting antisocial behavior, motivation to maintain ethical focus, as measured by citizenship, unselfishness, and ethical identity, was a stronger predictor of antisocial behavior than was moral judgment, although both were unique predictors. Implications for education are discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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