Moral maturity and environment as predictors of undesired behavior

Dokter, Annemieke P.H.M. (2011) Moral maturity and environment as predictors of undesired behavior.

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Abstract:The current study looked at the environment and moral maturity as two factors that can influence a person’s undesired behavior. The first part of the study examined whether moral maturity was related to previous undesired behavior and to find out whether moral maturity was a good predictor of different types of undesired behavior. In the second part of the study we analyzed data from an experiment where participants could lie and leave trash and we related this to the environment they were in and the moral maturity score they obtained. The first part of the study showed that different moral maturity aspects were indeed related to different kinds of undesired behavior. The second part showed that the environment had a significant effect on leaving trash. Lying was both explained by a trend for environment and a significant effect for an aspect of moral maturity. This study showed that different factors could explain for different kinds of undesired behavior. This new information could result in a more nuanced understanding of criminal and undesired behavior.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/60934
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