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Developmental Origins of Strategic Moral Self-Licensing

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dc.contributor.advisor Brad, Louisa Egan Schoyer, Meredith 2013-06-12T14:20:06Z 2013-06-12T14:20:06Z 2013
dc.description.abstract This study seeks to determine the developmental origins of strategic moral self-licensing, which is the process of planning to use past moral behavior in order to license oneself to partake in future immoral behavior. An empirical study was conducted to investigate whether preschoolers, after given the opportunity to demonstrate moral behavior through a helping task, will engage in morally consistent behavior or strategic moral self-licensing behavior. Results did not show evidence of preschoolers engaging in strategic moral-self licensing, but instead suggested moral consistency. With this said, the current study provided another stepping stone to understand the mechanism behind moral decision making in both children and adults. The limitations of this study and also implications for future studies are discussed, in addition to suggesting that the tendency to practice strategic moral self-licensing develops in a later stage of one’s life.
dc.description.sponsorship Haverford College. Department of Psychology
dc.language.iso eng
dc.subject.lcsh Moral development
dc.subject.lcsh Identity (Psychology) in children
dc.title Developmental Origins of Strategic Moral Self-Licensing
dc.type Thesis
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