The self-importance of moral identity
Aquino, K., & Reed, A. (2002). The self-importance of moral identity. Journal of personality and social psychology, 83 (6): 1423-40.
Abstract: Recent theorizing in moral psychology extends rationalist models by
calling attention to social and cultural influences (J. Haidt, 2001).
Six studies using adolescents, university students, and adults measured
the associations among the self-importance of moral identity, moral
cognitions, and behavior. The psychometric properties of the measure
were assessed through an examination of the underlying factor structure
(Study 1) and convergent, nomological, and discriminant validity
analyses (Studies 2 and 3). The predictive validity of the instrument
was assessed by examinations of the relationships among the
self-importance of moral identity, various psychological outcomes, and
behavior (Studies 4, 5, and 6). The results are discussed in terms of
models of moral behavior, social identity measurement, and the need to
consider moral self-conceptions in explaining moral conduct.
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