IJSSH 2017 Vol.7(7): 459-462 ISSN: 2010-3646
doi: 10.18178/ijssh.2017.V7.866

Middle Adolescence’s Moral Self-regulation: Exploring the Effect of Private Self-worth on Prosocial Intentions

Dan Jiang, Yuxin Zhuang, and Liang Chen
Abstract—Drawing on previous literature related to moral self-regulation, findings have demonstrated that (im) moral behavior can result from an internal balancing of moral self-worth and the cost inherent in altruistic behavior in adulthood. However, the effects of moral self-worth in Chinese middle adolescence are unclear. In this study, an experiment was designed to explore the effects of moral self-regulation on prosocial intentions in Chinese middle adolescence. Middle school students who recalled their recent concrete immoral behaviors reported greater prosocial intentions than individuals who recalled their recent concrete moral behaviors. Therefore, the moral cleansing process could be influenced by the moral self in middle adolescence.

Index Terms—Moral self-worth, prosocial intentions, moral cleansing effect, moral licensing effect, adolescence.

Dan Jiang, Yuxin Zhuang, Liang Chen are with the School of Marxism, University of Science and Technology Liaoning, Anshan, China (e-mail: jiang603okok@163.com, zhuangokok@163.com, chenlfly@126.com).

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Cite: Dan Jiang, Yuxin Zhuang, and Liang Chen, "Middle Adolescence’s Moral Self-regulation: Exploring the Effect of Private Self-worth on Prosocial Intentions," International Journal of Social Science and Humanity vol. 7, no. 6, pp. 459-462, 2017.

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