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Cultural-Historical Psychology

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ISSN (printed version): 1816-5435

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Features of Moral Foundations in Mongol, German and Russian Adolescents 2377

Sychev O.A.
PhD in Psychology, Associate Professor, Research Fellow, Department of Research Activities, Shukshin Altai State Humanities Pedagogical University, Biysk, Russia

Bespalov A.M.
PhD in Philosophy, Vice Rector for Academic Affairs, Shukshin Altai State Humanities Pedagogical University, Biysk, Russia

Prudnikova M.M.
Sociologist, Shukshin Altai State Humanities Pedagogical University, Biysk, Russia

Vlasov M.S.
PhD in Linguistics, Associate Professor, Head of Research Department, Shukshin Altai State Humanities Pedagogical University, Biysk, Russia

The difference in moral foundations between adults living in Western or Eastern countries is well-known, but there is lack of evidence about such difference in adolescence. We tested the hypothesis about cultural differences of moral foundations in Mongolian, Russian and German adolescents. As the methodology of the study we used Moral Foundations Theory describing five basic dimensions of moral domain including Harm/Care, Fair- ness/Reciprocity, Ingroup/Loyalty, Authority/Respect, and Purity/Sanctity. The sample comprised 446 Mon- golian, 450 Russian and 117 German adolescents at the age of 12…16 years old. We used three versions of Moral Foundations Questionnaire in different languages. The results of statistical analysis showed that general analy- sis, based on relations between scales, was acceptable. The replication of factor structure was low. It was revealed that Mongolian adolescents had most conservative moral foundations. Moral foundations of Russian adolescents from Altai Republic were quite close to Mongolian ones, while German adolescents showed much more «progressive» moral foundations which were typical for western societies.

Keywords: moral foundations, moral foundations questionnaire, ethnopsychological features, adolescents

Column: Crosscultural and Ethnopsychological Researches


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