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Do moral choices make us feel good? The development of adolescent’s emotions following moral decision-making


Malti, T; Keller, M; Buchmann, M (2013). Do moral choices make us feel good? The development of adolescent’s emotions following moral decision-making. Journal of Research on Adolescence, 23(2):389-397.

Abstract

Some people believe that making the morally right decision makes people feel good. However, until now, there has been no empirical evidence in support of this belief. In a representative two-wave longitudinal study of 995 15-year-old adolescents followed for 3 years (until the age of 18) in Switzerland, adolescents were asked about their decisions and emotions following hypothetical dilemmas involving moral obligations versus self-interest. Adolescents predominantly made moral decisions and reported feeling good following these decisions. With age, participants reported more positive emotions following moral decisions. A small number of adolescents made selfish decisions and reported feeling good following these decisions.

Abstract

Some people believe that making the morally right decision makes people feel good. However, until now, there has been no empirical evidence in support of this belief. In a representative two-wave longitudinal study of 995 15-year-old adolescents followed for 3 years (until the age of 18) in Switzerland, adolescents were asked about their decisions and emotions following hypothetical dilemmas involving moral obligations versus self-interest. Adolescents predominantly made moral decisions and reported feeling good following these decisions. With age, participants reported more positive emotions following moral decisions. A small number of adolescents made selfish decisions and reported feeling good following these decisions.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Sociology
06 Faculty of Arts > Jacobs Center for Productive Youth Development
Dewey Decimal Classification:370 Education
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology
Language:English
Date:2013
Deposited On:09 Jan 2013 09:51
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 16:12
Publisher:Wiley-Blackwell
ISSN:1050-8392
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1111/jora.12005

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