Public Relations Primed: An Update on Practitioners’ Moral Reasoning, from Moral Development to Moral Maintenance

Erin Schauster, Marlene S. Neill, Patrick Ferrucci, Edson Tandoc

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Abstract

Guided by theories of moral psychology and social identity, one hundred and fifty-three public relations practitioners working in the United States participated in an online experiment that tested how professional identity influences moral reasoning. Professional associations appear to be a valuable resource for socialization as members of PRSA who, in addition to engaging in higher levels of moral reasoning than the average adult, report they have access to regular ethics training, ethics resources and mentors, and are familiar with their industry’s code of ethics. Socialization in later career stages appears to contribute to moral reasoning maintenance, sustaining levels of moral reasoning, rather than development.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)164-179
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Media Ethics: Exploring Questions of Media Morality
Volume35
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 2 Jul 2020

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