Emotions in sexual morality: Testing the separate elicitors of anger and disgust

Giner-Sorolla, Roger and Bosson, Jennifer K. and Caswell, T. Andrew and Hettinger, Vanessa E. (2012) Emotions in sexual morality: Testing the separate elicitors of anger and disgust. Cognition and Emotion, 26 (7). pp. 1208-1222. ISSN 1464-0600; 0269-9931. (doi:https://doi.org/10.1080/02699931.2011.645278) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

Recent work suggests that negative moral judgements of sexual activities are informed by disgust and anger. A correlational study (N = 62) and an experiment (N = 176) examined the specific antecedents that elicit these distinct, though correlated, moral emotions. Participants in Study 1 rated their emotional reactions to, and judgements of, 10 sexual scenarios. Across scenarios, judgements of abnormality predicted disgust independent of anger, and judgements of harm/rights violation predicted anger independent of disgust. Study 2 replicated these results in an experimental design. Participants rated their emotions and judgements in response to behaviours that varied in degree of potential sexual morality violation (non-sexual, heterosexual, homosexual) and rights violation (no harm, indirect harm, direct harm). Judgement of rights violation mediated the effects of harm on anger. Judgements of abnormality, but not other antecedents proposed to elicit moral disgust, mediated the effects of sexual immorality on disgust. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2012 APA, all rights reserved) (journal abstract)

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: emotional reactions, moral judgment, anger, disgust, sexual activities, sexual morality, Anger, Disgust, Emotional Responses, Morality, Psychosexual Behavior
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Psychology
Depositing User: Roger Giner-Sorolla
Date Deposited: 20 Nov 2013 12:24 UTC
Last Modified: 02 Dec 2014 11:23 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/36632 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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