Integrating Thomistic Virtue Ethics with an Eriksonian Identity Development Perspective: A New Moral Identity Assessment
moral identity, virtue ethics, adolescence, emerging adulthood
Psychologists have broadly conceptualized moral identity as the degree to which one prioritizes and defines oneself in terms of moral goals, values, and commitments. We offer a new moral identity measure: one that integrates philosophical ethical theory with an Eriksonian identity perspective specific to adolescence and emerging adulthood. Participants (N = 215) completed our new measure along with four other measures of moral behaviors and motivations. Participants formed unique clusters based on (a) choosing Thomistic virtues versus choosing non-virtues, and (b) the degree to which they reflected upon and committed to their chosen virtues/non-virtues. We found expected group differences among the clusters in integrity and civic engagement motivation, providing evidence of validity. Our new measure offers a promising approach to moral education for adolescents and emerging adults.
Journal of Moral Education
Bock, Tonia, Heidi Giebel, Taylor Hazelbaker, and Logan Tufte. "Integrating Thomistic virtue ethics with an Eriksonian identity development perspective: A new moral identity assessment." Journal of Moral Education 50, no. 2 (2021): 185-201. https://doi.org/10.1080/03057240.2019.1691511.