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Is lying ever justifiable? The effect of group membership on the perceived acceptance of lying

Venhorst, L.J.W. (2014) Is lying ever justifiable? The effect of group membership on the perceived acceptance of lying.

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Abstract:The aim of this study was to investigate what the effect of the in-group versus out–group categorization is on the acceptance of lying. We expected that the acceptance of lying was greater when people told a lie to a member of the out-group than when they told a lie to a member of the in-group. These expectancies where all based on group norms and in-group favoritism. Eighty-five people filled in the survey used for this study. They were all coupled with a person from either the in-, out- or an unaffiliated group. The linking to another person was not real, the participants were told afterwards. The participants were presented with different statements, which were based on different aspects of the acceptance of lying. The acceptance of lying was split into two part: the process of lying, consisting of a moral and a prudential domain, and the intention of lying. While the moral domain was focused on sympathy and respect for the other, the prudential domain focused on the self and its gaining of power by lying. The intention of lying laid its focus more on how difficult people find it to tell the lie against the other and if they intended to tell the lie if they had the choice. The results imply that the group membership of the recipient of the lie does not have any effect on the acceptance of lying with the teller of the lie. The manipulation check showed that the participants were not significantly influenced by the survey the way we wanted them to. Because the manipulation check was not successful, we cannot be certain that the results of this study are correct.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
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