Implicit theories and conceptions of morality

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)923-940
Journal / PublicationJournal of Personality and Social Psychology
Volume73
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Nov 1997
Externally publishedYes

Abstract

In this article, the authors propose that individuals' moral beliefs are linked to their implicit theories about the nature (i.e., malleability) of their social-moral reality. Specifically, it was hypothesized that when individuals believe in a fixed reality (entity theory), they tend to hold moral beliefs in which duties within the given system are seen as fundamental. In contrast, when individuals believe in a malleable reality (incremental theory), one that can be shaped by individuals, they hold moral beliefs that focus on moral principles, such as human rights, around which that reality should be organized. Results from 5 studies supported the proposed framework: Implicit theories about the malleability of one's social-moral reality predicted duty-based vs. rights-based moral beliefs. Copyright 1997 by the American Psychological Association, Inc.

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Implicit theories and conceptions of morality. / Chiu, Chi-Yue; Dweck, Carol S.; Tong, Jennifer Yuk-Yue; Fu, Jeanne Ho-Ying.

In: Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Vol. 73, No. 5, 11.1997, p. 923-940.

Research output: Journal Publications and Reviews (RGC: 21, 22, 62)21_Publication in refereed journal