The relationship between goal orientation, sportspersonship, and sport participation on moral reasoning
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This paper examined the main effects and interactions of achievement goal orientation, sportspersonship orientation, and sport participation on athletes' and non-athletes' moral judgments in both sport and non-sport scenarios. The results indicated that sport participation only affected moral judgments in sport scenarios, supporting bracketed morality theory. Athletes reported less harsh moral judgments than non-athletes only in the sport scenarios. Participants who were more task-oriented and more positive sportspersonship oriented reported harsher moral judgments in sport scenarios, and participants who were more ego-oriented and more negative sportspersonship oriented reported less harsh moral judgments in sport scenarios. Non-athletes with a positive sportspersonship orientation reported harsher moral judgments in sport scenarios. In non-sport scenarios, participants who were more ego-oriented reported less harsh moral judgments in non-sport scenarios, and participants who were more positive sportspersonship oriented reported harsher judgments in non-sport scenarios.