Does the Defining Issues Test Measure Ethical Judgment Ability or Political Position?

TitleDoes the Defining Issues Test Measure Ethical Judgment Ability or Political Position?
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2011
AuthorsBailey, CD
JournalThe Journal of Social Psychology
Volume151
Issue3
Pagination314 - 330
Date Published04/2011
ISSN Number19401183
KeywordsEvaluation and Assessment , PSYCHOLOGY , SOCIOLOGY
AbstractThis article looks at the construct validity of the Defining Issues Test of ethical judgement (DIT/DIT-2). Alleging a political bias in the test, researchers have found that conservatives score higher when asked to fake as liberals, implying that they understand the reasoning associated with "higher" moral development but avoid items they see as liberally biased. DIT proponents challenge internal validity of faking studies, advocating an explained-variance validation. This study takes a new approach by having participants take the DIT-2 and then evaluate teh raw responses of others to discern political orientation and ethical development. The results from this study show that individuals scoring higher on the DIT-2 rank others' ethical judgement in a way consistent with DIT-2 rankings. Accuracy at assessing political orientation,, however, is low. Results support the DIT-2's validity as a measure of ethical development rather than as an expression of political position.
DOI10.1080/00224545.2010.481690
Short TitleThe Journal of Social Psychology
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