Measuring moral imagination

Gulcimen Yurtsever1
1Faculty of Economics and Management, Cağ University, Turkey
Cite this article:  Yurtsever, G. (2006). Measuring moral imagination. Social Behavior and Personality: An international journal, 34(3), 205-220.

Volume 34 Issue 3 | e1471 | Published: April 2006 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2224/sbp.2006.34.3.205

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In this study the development of a moral imagination (MI) scale is described. The data were obtained from 491 participants from various organizations. A 29-item Likert-type scale of moral imagination was constructed and shown to be free of socially desirable responses. Analyses of moral imagination suggest that 3 facets of moral imagination can be distinguished empirically as well as theoretically, namely: reproductive, creative, and productive. Construct validity was evaluated by expert judges and, overall, was high. Validation data also included correlation with peer ratings. Furthermore, to explore the relationship between moral imagination and actual behavior, a case study was conducted in which participants were asked questions to measure their capacity for moral imagination. Those who gained high scores on the MI were judged to have a greater capacity than were those who gained low scores. Empirically, the MI scale was shown to correlate with an internal locus of control, tolerance of ambiguity, and empathy. This scale also correlated negatively with Machiavellianism.

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