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Title: Moral Schema Scale

Description:Psychological research suggests that there are at least four different cognitive schemas that people can use to evaluate moral claims: care, justice, self-interest, and sacredness. Care reference concern for group integrity, individual feelings, and situational rather than universal understandings. Justice refers to rights-based standards that are universally applicable rather than situationally varied. Sacredness references concern for sacred order or divine command, sinfulness or pollution, and relationship with a divine being. Self-interest considers short and long term benefits to one's life goals. Huff and his students have devised a scale to measure the self-report of use of these schemas in response to various situations. The scale has so far been validated using factor analytic approaches. There is current data that will allow validation against other scales of life values (e.g. egalitarianism, intrinsic and extrinsic religiousity). This will require devising an index of consistency in responding across situations with one or more of the four schemas. Statistical work will involve constructing the index, validating it against other indicators, and thereby validating the moral schemas scale.

Faculty: Charles Huff

Helpful background: Stat 272