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Moral judgment and collectivism : a cultural comparison among community and university college students Loo, Gregory Ming-Wai

Abstract

Differences in moral judgment, with respect to individualism and collectivism, were investigated. One hundred and eighty-five undergraduate community college students completed the Defining Issues Test, Version 2 (DIT-2) and Triandis' (1995) measure of the individualism/collectivism (IC) construct. This study asked the following questions: (1) What is the nature of the relation of moral reasoning to individualism and collectivism? (2) What is the nature of the relation of moral reasoning to the horizontal and vertical dimensions of the individualism/collectivism (IC) construct? Although no significant associations of moral reasoning were found with general individualism/collectivism, significant associations were found with some of the specific dimensions of the IC construct. Vertical Individualism and Vertical Collectivism were associated with lower levels of moral reasoning and Horizontal Individualism was associated with higher levels of moral reasoning. These findings suggest that the horizontal and vertical relationships of the IC construct may be a significant factor in moral reasoning, a factor that had not been considered in previous research.

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