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Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/33868

Title: The Consequentialist Scale: Elucidating the Role of Deontological and Utilitarian Beliefs in Moral Judgments
Authors: Robinson, Jeffrey Sean
Advisor: Plaks, Jason
Department: Psychology
Keywords: Moral judgment
Moral beliefs
Issue Date: 6-Dec-2012
Abstract: In previous research, measurement of deontological and utilitarian beliefs relied on responses to classic moral dilemmas. While use of these dilemmas has proven fruitful they are fraught with potential confounds. This thesis describes the construction and validation of the Consequentialist scale, a tool designed to directly measure the endorsement of both utilitarian and deontological beliefs. The Consequentialist scale was tested against variables previously associated with moral judgments, namely emotional reactivity, Machiavellianism, intrinsic religiosity, and political conservatism. Results indicate that the Consequentialist scale provides added explanatory power that helps to elucidate cornerstone processes involved in moral judgments.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/33868
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