Agreement on the Perception of Moral Character

Abstract

This study tested for inter-judge agreement on moral character. A sample of students and community members rated their own
moral character using a measure that tapped six moral character traits. Friends, family members, and/or acquaintances rated
these targets on the same traits. Self/other and inter-informant agreement was found at the trait level for both a general
character factor and for residual variance explained by individual moral character traits, as well as at the individual level
(judges agreed on targets’ “moral character profiles”). Observed inter-judge agreement constitutes evidence for the existence
of moral character, and raises questions about the nature of moral character traits.

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