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The role of emotion expectancies in adolescents' moral decision making.
J Exp Child Psychol. 2011 Feb; 108(2):358-70.JE

Abstract

This study investigated the impact of emotion expectancies on adolescents' moral decision making in hypothetical situations. The sample consisted of 160 participants from three different grade levels (mean age=15.79 years, SD=2.96). Participants were confronted with a set of scenarios that described various emotional outcomes of (im)moral actions and needed to decide what they would do if they were in the protagonist's shoes. Findings demonstrate that emotion expectancies differentially influenced adolescents' hypothetical decision making in antisocial versus prosocial behavioral contexts. Whereas negatively charged self-evaluative emotions over failing to act morally (e.g., guilt) were the strongest predictor for moral choice in antisocial behavioral contexts, positively charged self-evaluative emotions over acting morally (e.g., pride) most strongly predicted moral choice in prosocial contexts. Older adolescents paid greater attention to outcome-oriented emotions that make the decision to act morally less attractive (e.g., regret). Overall, the study suggests that emotion expectancies influence moral decision making in unique and meaningful ways.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Psychology, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada N2L 3C5. tkrettenauer@wlu.caNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

Language

eng

PubMed ID

20961560

Citation

Krettenauer, Tobias, et al. "The Role of Emotion Expectancies in Adolescents' Moral Decision Making." Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, vol. 108, no. 2, 2011, pp. 358-70.
Krettenauer T, Jia F, Mosleh M. The role of emotion expectancies in adolescents' moral decision making. J Exp Child Psychol. 2011;108(2):358-70.
Krettenauer, T., Jia, F., & Mosleh, M. (2011). The role of emotion expectancies in adolescents' moral decision making. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 108(2), 358-70. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jecp.2010.08.014
Krettenauer T, Jia F, Mosleh M. The Role of Emotion Expectancies in Adolescents' Moral Decision Making. J Exp Child Psychol. 2011;108(2):358-70. PubMed PMID: 20961560.
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TY - JOUR T1 - The role of emotion expectancies in adolescents' moral decision making. AU - Krettenauer,Tobias, AU - Jia,Fanli, AU - Mosleh,Maureen, Y1 - 2010/10/18/ PY - 2010/06/01/received PY - 2010/08/26/revised PY - 2010/08/31/accepted PY - 2010/10/22/entrez PY - 2010/10/22/pubmed PY - 2011/4/5/medline SP - 358 EP - 70 JF - Journal of experimental child psychology JO - J Exp Child Psychol VL - 108 IS - 2 N2 - This study investigated the impact of emotion expectancies on adolescents' moral decision making in hypothetical situations. The sample consisted of 160 participants from three different grade levels (mean age=15.79 years, SD=2.96). Participants were confronted with a set of scenarios that described various emotional outcomes of (im)moral actions and needed to decide what they would do if they were in the protagonist's shoes. Findings demonstrate that emotion expectancies differentially influenced adolescents' hypothetical decision making in antisocial versus prosocial behavioral contexts. Whereas negatively charged self-evaluative emotions over failing to act morally (e.g., guilt) were the strongest predictor for moral choice in antisocial behavioral contexts, positively charged self-evaluative emotions over acting morally (e.g., pride) most strongly predicted moral choice in prosocial contexts. Older adolescents paid greater attention to outcome-oriented emotions that make the decision to act morally less attractive (e.g., regret). Overall, the study suggests that emotion expectancies influence moral decision making in unique and meaningful ways. SN - 1096-0457 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/20961560/The_role_of_emotion_expectancies_in_adolescents'_moral_decision_making_ L2 - https://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S0022-0965(10)00173-6 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -