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Journal of Adult Development

, Volume 8, Issue 1, pp 1–7 | Cite as

Discriminators of Moral Orientation: Gender Role or Personality?

  • Rebecca J. Glover
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Abstract

Gender role (i.e., masculinity and femininity), personality traits, age, and level of education were used as discriminators of moral orientation in an examination of their role in the process of moral decision making. Responses of adult participants indicated the justice orientation to be most strongly associated with personality characteristics of judging and intuition; the care orientation was most strongly associated with perceiving and sensing. Masculinity and femininity, however, contributed very little to the analysis. Results indicate moral orientation may be less differentiated by gender role patterns and more by characteristics of the personality, involving perception of information and type of judgment.

moral orientation personality gender role 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rebecca J. Glover
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  1. 1.University of North TexasDenton

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