Sense of authentic inner compass as a moral resource across cultures: possible implications for resisting negative peer-pressure and for parenting

Avi Assor, Moti Benita, Noam Yitshaki, Yael Geifman, Wisam Maree

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Abstract

This paper focuses on a recently conceptualized construct—sense of authentic inner-compass (AIC)—and two parenting practices promoting it: basic autonomy-support (BAS) and inherent value-demonstration (IVD). Rooted in self-determination theory, sense of AIC refers to the perception that we have self-guiding values, aspirations, and goals, which function like an ‘authentic inner-compass’ that informs us on what we truly value and need. The utility of this construct for understanding morality-related phenomena also in cultures not emphasizing autonomy and authenticity, is demonstrated by a study conducted in two widely different cultures: Bedouin and Jews in Israel. As expected, across cultures, the practices of BAS and IVD were associated with sense of AIC, which then predicted adolescents’ resistance to peer-pressure to engage in antisocial behaviors. Invariance analysis showed a similar pattern across cultures. Discussion focuses on implications of the AIC concept for various moral behaviors, and for value-oriented parenting and moral education.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)346-364
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Moral Education
Volume49
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 2 Jul 2020

Keywords

  • Authentic inner compass
  • autonomy support
  • cross-cultural research
  • inherent value demonstration
  • peer-pressure

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Religious studies

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