Religious and secular roads to justify wrongdoing: How values interact with culture in explaining moral disengagement attitudes

Noga Sverdlik, Eyal Rechter

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Abstract

Using a person-culture interaction perspective, we explored how socialization through a secular versus a religiously orthodox educational system in Israel moderated the associations between personal values and moral disengagement attitudes. In Study 1 (N = 333), we found that among orthodox (but not secular) participants, conservation values were negatively and openness-to-change values were positively associated with moral disengagement. Self-transcendence values were negatively associated with moral disengagement in the whole sample. In Study 2 (N = 251), we focused on the dehumanization subscale of disengagement attitudes to examine the impact of values accessibility among secular and orthodox participants. Findings showed that among secular participants, universalism values inhibited dehumanization more than conservation values did. Conversely, among orthodox participants, conservation values inhibited dehumanization more than openness-to-change values.

Original languageEnglish
Article number103981
JournalJournal of Research in Personality
Volume87
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Aug 2020

Keywords

  • Dehumanization
  • Moral disengagement
  • Morality
  • Person-culture interaction
  • Religiosity
  • Values

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Psychology (all)

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