Moral Thought and Action in Sport and Student Life: A Study of Bracketed Morality

TitleMoral Thought and Action in Sport and Student Life: A Study of Bracketed Morality
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2016
AuthorsKavussanu, M, Ring, C
JournalEthics & Behavior
Date Published2016
Publication Languageeng
ISBN Number10508422
Keywordsbehavior , bracketed , COLLEGE , comparative , confidence , CONTENT , Data , descriptive , ethics , Game , GREAT , Group , in-group , JUDGMENT , multiple , ODDS , PROBABILITY , PSYCHOLOGY , Sex , SOCIAL
AbstractThe present study examined differences in moral behavior and judgment in sport and student life. Participants (N = 372) were students at a British university who responded to moral dilemmas pertaining to sport and student life. They indicated the likelihood that they would act antisocially or prosocially and provided judgment ratings of the behaviors described in the dilemmas. Likelihood to act antisocially was higher toward opponents in sport than other students at university, whereas likelihood to behave prosocially was lower toward opponents in sport than other students at university. Finally, antisocial behavior was less likely toward teammates than other students. The sport–university difference in antisocial opponent/student behavior was fully mediated by moral judgment, whereas the difference in prosocial behavior was partially mediated by moral judgment. These findings reveal a more nuanced aspect to bracketed morality that considers in-group loyalty when understanding moral judgment and behavior in and outside of the sport context. 
NotesKavussanu, Maria 1 Ring, Christopher 1; Affiliation: 1: School of Sport, Exercise & Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Birmingham; Source Info: May-Jun2016, Vol. 26 Issue 4, p267; Subject Term: COLLEGE athletes; Subject Term: PSYCHOLOGY; Subject Term: COLLEGE students -- Psychology; Subject Term: COMPARATIVE studies; Subject Term: CONFIDENCE intervals; Subject Term: ETHICS; Subject Term: JUDGMENT (Psychology); Subject Term: PROBABILITY theory; Subject Term: SEX distribution (Demography); Subject Term: SOCIAL skills; Subject Term: GROUP process; Subject Term: MULTIPLE regression analysis; Subject Term: CONTENT mining; Subject Term: DATA analysis -- Software; Subject Term: DESCRIPTIVE statistics; Subject Term: ODDS ratio; Subject Term: GREAT Britain; Author-Supplied Keyword: behavior; Author-Supplied Keyword: bracketed morality; Author-Supplied Keyword: game reasoning; Author-Supplied Keyword: in-group loyalty; Number of Pages: 10p; Illustrations: 1 Chart, 1 Graph; Document Type: Article