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Auto-Representação e Decisão Moral

Author(s): Edson Alves de Souza Filho | Herbert D. Saltzstein | Anderson Scardua

Journal: Revista Interamericana de Psicología
ISSN 0034-9690

Volume: 44;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 110;
Date: 2010;
Original page

We examined the relationships between self-representations and moral decision. We worked with the formulations about self-representations according to psychosocial approach. Secondary students in Rio de Janeiro took part in this research. They answered about two moral dilemmas of accusation of cheating on a test school and teasing a colleague. In addition, they were asked the question: who are you? Could you introduce yourself? They were asked to make a decision whether to keep promise (KP) to a friend (who cheated or lied) or to tell the truth (TT) to teacher/colleagues. We found different self-representation patterns, mainly to the moral decision with colleagues. TT was associated to group identity, moral value, collective category, meanwhile KP to positive interpersonal relation and collective category. Furthermore, we found association between TT and Evangelical identication and non-White ethnic identification. The results were discussed as self-representations which strengthen/weaken autonomy, differentiation and delimitation of interindividual and intergroup boundaries.

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