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NCJ Number: 229725 Find in a Library
Title: Socialization and Individual Antecedents of Adolescents' and Young Adults' Moral Motivation
Journal: Journal of Youth and Adolescence  Volume:39  Issue:2  Dated:February 2010  Pages:138-149
Author(s): Tina Malti; Marlis Buchmann
Date Published: February 2010
Page Count: 12
Sponsoring Agency: Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF)
Document: HTML (Publisher Site)
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study examined personal values and personality characteristics as socialization antecedents of moral motivation.
Abstract: Socialization and individual differences were examined as antecedents of moral motivation in representative samples of 15-year-old adolescents (N = 1,258; 54 percent female) and 21-year-old young adults (N = 584; 53 percent female). The adolescents' primary caregivers (N = 1,056) also participated. The strength of moral motivation was rated by participants' responses to two hypothetical moral dilemmas in terms of action decisions, emotion attributions, and justifications. Socialization was measured by the perceived quality of friendship, parent-child relationships, and educational background. The importance attached to social justice and various personality traits were also assessed. Adolescents' moral motivation was positively associated with the quality of their parent-child relationship and the importance of social justice. Young adults' moral motivation was predicted by the perceived quality of friendships, the importance of social justice, and agreeableness. For both groups, moral motivation was greater in females. The theoretical implications of the findings for the development of moral motivation are discussed. Tables and references (Published Abstract)
Main Term(s): Young Adults (18-24)
Index Term(s): Behavior modification; Cultural influences; Moral development; Personality; Socialization
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