IJSSH 2017 Vol.7(7): 455-458 ISSN: 2010-3646
doi: 10.18178/ijssh.2017.V7.865

Effects of Moral Self-regulation on Prosocial Intentions in Chinese College Students

Yuxin Zhuang and Liang Chen
Abstract—This research aimed to determine the effects of moral self-regulation on prosocial intentions in Chinese college students. College students were randomly assigned to three different groups to write about concrete behavior that they performed in the recent past. One group that recalled the recent concrete immoral behavior reported greater prosocial intentions than individuals who recalled their recent concrete moral behavior and the matched group. College students who recalled their recent concrete moral behavior reported less prosocial intentions than the other groups. In conclusion, the moral self-regulation process could be influenced by the moral self in Chinese college students.

Index Terms—Moral self-regulation, moral cleansing effect, moral licensing effect, college students.

Yuxin Zhuang and Liang Chen, College Students Psychological Development Research Center, the School of Marxism, University of Science and Technology Liaoning, Anshan, China (e-mail: zhuangokok@163.com, chenlfly@126.com).

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Cite: Yuxin Zhuang and Liang Chen, "Effects of Moral Self-regulation on Prosocial Intentions in Chinese College Students," International Journal of Social Science and Humanity vol. 7, no. 6, pp. 455-458, 2017.

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