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The effects of goal involvement on moral behavior in an experimentally manipulated competitive setting

Sage, Luke and Kavussanu, Maria (2007) The effects of goal involvement on moral behavior in an experimentally manipulated competitive setting. Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 29 (2). pp. 190-207. ISSN 0895-2779

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In this experiment we examined the effects of task and ego involvement on three measures of moral behavior-prosocial choice, observed prosocial behavior, and observed antisocial behavior-in a competitive setting. We also investigated sex differences in moral behavior. Male (n = 48) and female (n = 48) college students were randomly assigned to a task-involving, an ego-involving, or a control condition. Participants played two 10-min games of table soccer and completed measures of prosocial choice, goal involvement, goal orientation, and demographics. The two games were recorded, and frequencies of prosocial and antisocial behavior were coded. Players assigned to the task-involving condition were higher in prosocial choice than those in the ego-involving or control conditions. Individuals in the ego-involving condition displayed more antisocial behaviors than those in the task-involving or control conditions. Finally, females displayed more prosocial behaviors than males.

Type of Work:Article
Date:April 2007 (Publication)
School/Faculty:Schools (1998 to 2008) > School of Sport & Exercise Science
Department:School of Sport and Exercise Sciences
Keywords:task involvement, ego involvement, prosocial behaviour, antisocial behaviour, competition, perceived motivational climate, ice hockey, extrinsic motivation, physical education, achievement goals, football players, ego orientation, youth soccer, fair play, sport
Subjects:GV Recreation Leisure
BF Psychology
Institution:University of Birmingham
Copyright Holders:Human Kinetics
ID Code:676
Refereed:YES
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