A Meta-Analytic Review of Moral Licensing

  title={A Meta-Analytic Review of Moral Licensing},
  author={Irene Blanken and Niels van de Ven and M. Zeelenberg},
  journal={Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin},
  pages={540 - 558}
  • Irene Blanken, Niels van de Ven, M. Zeelenberg
  • Published 2015
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin
  • Moral licensing refers to the effect that when people initially behave in a moral way, they are later more likely to display behaviors that are immoral, unethical, or otherwise problematic. We provide a state-of-the-art overview of moral licensing by conducting a meta-analysis of 91 studies (7,397 participants) that compare a licensing condition with a control condition. Based on this analysis, the magnitude of the moral licensing effect is estimated to be a Cohen’s d of 0.31. We tested… CONTINUE READING
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