The power of religion, upbringing, certification, and profession to predict moral choice

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College students rated 13 likert-type moral choice items on a scale ranging from strongly disagree to strongly agree. Those items were hypothetical business decisions written in a manner as to approximate the various schools of thought on moral choice rooted in western philosophical thinking on ethical conduct. One hundred forty-seven midwestern university students from a college of business with an enrollment of 872, via core business courses, participated in the survey. Stepwise regression analyses revealed religion, upbringing, certification, and profession to be highly predictive of students' perceptions of their own moral choices (with p<.01 in several of the regression models). © 2011 by the DreamCatchers Group, LLC, Arden NC, USA.

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