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Morálne zdôvodňovanie v kontexte na cieľ orientovaného správania
Moral justification in the context of goal directed behavior

Author(s): Radka Čopková
Subject(s): Sociology, Individual Psychology, Comparative Psychology, Personality Psychology, Psychology of Self, Behaviorism, Psychoanalysis, Social development, Social Norms / Social Control
Published by: Spoločenskovedný ústav SAV, Slovenská akadémia vied
Keywords: Moral justification; Self-licensing; Goal directed behavior; Machiavellian personality; Self-control; Conscientiousness;

Summary/Abstract: The aim of the current research was to confirm the properties of one possible way how to measure the phenomenon of self-licensing in goal directed behavior. As the name of variable suggests, we have connected two significant fields of self-regulation research – moral justification (specifically self-licensing) (Khan & Dhar, 2006; Kivetz & Zheng, 2006; Monin & Miller, 2001) and goal directed behavior (Carver & Scheier, 2001; Fishbein & Ajzen, 1975; Perugini & Bagozzi, 2001). The sample of 114 university students (78% women; 22% men) aged from 18 to 33 years (the average age was 23,03 years, SD=2,78) has been used. We have constructed a reliable questionnaire (Cronbach´s alpha=0,921) capturing the way of goal attainment in morally questionable conditions. The questionnaire consists of three reliable sub-dimensions: Remorse (0,848), Self-reassurance (0,841) and Depersonalization (0,832). Except of new measure, next three have been used: Machiavellian Personality Scale (Dahling et al., 2008), Short Self-Control Scale (Tangney, Baumeister & Boone, 2004) and Conscientiousness dimension from NEO-FFI (Ruisel & Halama, 2007). Gender differences have been confirmed in self-licensing in goal directed behavior as whole and also in sub-dimensions of Remorse and Self-reassurance. The correlation analysis has confirmed significant inter-correlations between all sub-dimensions of self-licensing in goal directed behaviour. Also it has confirmed significant relationships with machiavellian personality, self-control and self-conscientiousness. The aim of the current research was reached by finding factor structure of Self-licensing in goal directed behavior questionnaire and its relationships with machiavellianism, sef-control and conscientiousness.

  • Issue Year: 19/2016
  • Issue No: 3
  • Page Range: 9-18
  • Page Count: 10
  • Language: Slovak