Agreement on the perception of moral character
Helzer, Erik, G. and Furr, R. Michael and Hawkins, Ashley and Barranti, Maxwell and Blackie, Laura E.R. and Fleeson, William (2014) Agreement on the perception of moral character. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 40 (12). pp. 1698-1710. ISSN 1552-7433
Official URL: http://psp.sagepub.com/content/40/12/1698
This study tested for inter-judge agreement on moral character. A sample of students and community members rated their own moral character using a measure that tapped six moral character traits. Friends, family members, and/or acquaintances rated these targets on the same traits. Self/other and inter-informant agreement was found at the trait level for both a general character factor and for residual variance explained by individual moral character traits, as well as at the individual level (judges agreed on targets’ “moral character profiles”). Observed inter-judge agreement constitutes evidence for the existence of moral character, and raises questions about the nature of moral character traits.
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