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Mars and Venus at Twilight: A Critical Investigation of Moralism, Age Effects, and Sex Differences
Political Psychology (2003)
  • Daniel P Aldrich, Purdue University
  • Rieko Kage
Abstract
Analysts have long sought to understand whether women and men have different ethical orientations. Some researchers have argued that women and men consistently make fundamentally different ethical judgments, especially of corruption; others have found no such disparities. This study considered whether an individual’s age may also play a role in determining his or her moral judgment. A statistical investigation of interactive effects between gender and age in a nationally representative data set from Japan shows that this interaction functions better as a predictor of moralism than does education or gender alone. Older individuals of both sexes were found to have similar strict moral perceptions; as women and men age, their ethical judgments converge.
Keywords
  • Japan,
  • sex,
  • gender,
  • moralism,
  • judgment,
  • political ethics,
  • quantitative
Publication Date
2003
Citation Information
Daniel P Aldrich and Rieko Kage. "Mars and Venus at Twilight: A Critical Investigation of Moralism, Age Effects, and Sex Differences" Political Psychology Vol. 24 Iss. 1 (2003)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/daniel_aldrich/5/