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ERIC Number: EJ881701
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jun
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 61
ISSN: ISSN-0305-7240
Empathy, Perspective Taking and Personal Values as Predictors of Moral Schemas
Myyrya, Liisa; Juujarvi, Soile; Pesso, Kaija
Journal of Moral Education, v39 n2 p213-233 Jun 2010
The aim of this study was to clarify the relationships between empathy variables, personal values and moral reasoning. The impact of empathic concern, perspective taking and personal values measured by the Portrait Value Questionnaire on moral schemas measured by the Defining Issues Test was investigated among 599 students from a university of applied sciences. The results revealed that perspective taking contributed to the post-conventional schema, even after values were added on the hierarchical regression model, and that the personal interest schema was predicted by both individualist values (hedonism) and collectivist values (benevolence and tradition). Conformity and security predicted positively the maintaining norms schema whereas universalism and self-direction served as negative predictors for the maintaining norms schema but positive predictors of the post-conventional schema. Implications for professional ethics education are discussed. (Contains 4 tables, 1 figure and 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Defining Issues Test