The effects of culture and moral foundations on moral judgments: The ethics of authority mediates the relationship between power distance and attitude towards lying to one’s supervisor

Katarzyna Cantarero , Piotr Szarota , Eftychia Stamkou , Marisol Navas , Alejandra del Carmen Dominguez Espinosa


We tested whether moral judgments in a cross-cultural setting are related to both culture and moral foundations. Our objective was to verify if the relationship between cultural power distance and moral judgment of both egoistic and other-oriented lies told to one’s supervisor is mediated by adherence to the ethics of authority. We analyzed data from Mexican, Spanish, Estonian, Dutch, Swedish, and Polish respondents (N = 1176). The hypothesized mediation effects were found to be significant: higher power distance entailed more negative moral judgments. Power distance was positively related to the ethics of authority, which was in turn related to harsher moral judgments. When we controlled for the influence of the ethics of authority, power distance was no longer related to moral judgments.
Author Katarzyna Cantarero (Filia we Wrocławiu / II Wydział Psychologii we Wrocławiu)
Katarzyna Cantarero,,
- II Wydział Psychologii we Wrocławiu
, Piotr Szarota
Piotr Szarota,,
, Eftychia Stamkou
Eftychia Stamkou,,
, Marisol Navas
Marisol Navas,,
, Alejandra del Carmen Dominguez Espinosa
Alejandra del Carmen Dominguez Espinosa,,
Journal seriesCurrent Psychology, ISSN 1046-1310, e-ISSN 1936-4733, (N/A 40 pkt)
Issue year2021
Publication size in sheets0.5
Keywords in EnglishMoral foundations . Culture . Moral judgments . Power distance . Ethics of authority . Lying
ASJC Classification3200 General Psychology
Languageen angielski
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Publication indicators Scopus SNIP (Source Normalised Impact per Paper): 2018 = 0.981; WoS Impact Factor: 2017 = 1.28 (2) - 2017=1.165 (5)
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