We examined the links between moral identity—the centrality of moral principles to identity—and political purpose during emerging adulthood. We analyzed data from two waves of a longitudinal study of civic purpose. T1 surveys were collected before high school graduation, and T2 surveys were collected 2 years later. We categorized people (N = 1,578 at T1 and N = 480 at T2) into political purpose groups based on the person-centered perspective and then performed a multinomial logistic regression analysis to test whether moral identity was associated with categories of political purpose. The findings from our study indicate that moral identity at T1 is linked with the maintenance and formation of T2 political purpose.
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This study was supported by the Spencer Foundation (Grant number: 201400010). The authors thank Heather Malin and Tenelle Porter for their comments and discussions. The authors thank Kelsie J. Dawson for her comments on the earlier version of this paper.
© 2019 Journal of Moral Education Ltd.
- Political development
- emerging adulthood
- moral identity
- person-centered approach
- political purpose