The implicit component of moral disengagement: Applying the relational responding task to investigate its relationship with cheating behaviour

Fida, Roberta, Ghezzi, Valerio, Paciello, Marinella, Tramontano, Carlo, Dentale, Francesco and Barbaranelli, Claudio (2021) The implicit component of moral disengagement: Applying the relational responding task to investigate its relationship with cheating behaviour. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin. ISSN 0146-1672

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Abstract

This article aims to conceptualize, for the first time, an implicit form of moral disengagement and investigate its role in relation to cheating behavior. In line with the implicit social-cognition models, we argue that the implicit moral disengagement would represent an unintentional, automatic, and less accessible form of the mechanisms bypassing the moral self-regulatory system. We anticipate that in situations implying on-the-spot decisions and where individuals might suffer no consequences for the misconduct, the implicit moral disengagement would predict the actual behavior while the explicit moral disengagement would predict self-reported conduct. The results of three empirical studies provide support for the theorization of an implicit moral disengagement and its assessment through a newly developed implicit measurement procedure using the relational responding task. Results of the structural equation models, including both implicit and explicit moral disengagement, demonstrated that only the implicit one was associated with the actual misconduct.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: rrt,ethical behavior,implicit social-cognitions,moral disengagement,morality,relational responding task,social psychology ,/dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/3200/3207
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > Norwich Business School
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Date Deposited: 09 Feb 2021 01:02
Last Modified: 13 May 2021 16:02
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/79189
DOI: 10.1177/0146167220984293

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