The Psychology of Corruption: The Role of the Counterfeit Self, Entity Self-Theory, and Outcome-Based Ethical Mindset

Journal of Psychological & Educational Research 26 (2), 7-32 (2018)

16 Pages Posted: 22 Jan 2019

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Juneman Abraham

Bina Nusantara University (Binus) - Psychology Department

Julia Suleeman

University of Indonesia (UI)

Bagus Takwin

University of Indonesia (UI) - Psychology

Date Written: December 1, 2018

Abstract

Two studies were conducted aimed at identifying the dynamics which contribute to corrupt behavior. Study 1 was a correlational study of 994 senior high school students (457 males, 537 females; 426 from North Sumatera, 568 from West Kalimantan; Mage=15.93 years, SDage=1.123 years), with a data analysis technique of structural equation modelling, to test the significance of the role of the counterfeit self (predictor) as well as an ethical mindset and self-theory (moderator candidates), in predicting moral disengagement (the dependent variable of Study 1, as the proxy of corruption behavior). Study 2 was a quasi-experimental study of 154 university students in Jakarta (68 men, 86 women; Mage=19.167 years, SDage=1.476 years) to test the hypotheses of the moderating effects of an outcome-based ethical mindset and entity self-theory on the effects of the counterfeit self on corruption behavior (dependent variable Study 2, operationally defined as performance in a bribery game) with a data analysis technique of the two-way ANOVA. The results of these studies (Study 1 and Study 2) generally confirm the hypotheses proposed. This was the first time the corruption psychological theoretical model had been examined in Indonesia, based on performance in a corruption game.

Keywords: counterfeit self, inauthenticity, corruption, moral mindset, implicit theory

Suggested Citation

Abraham, Juneman and Suleeman, Julia and Takwin, Bagus, The Psychology of Corruption: The Role of the Counterfeit Self, Entity Self-Theory, and Outcome-Based Ethical Mindset (December 1, 2018). Journal of Psychological & Educational Research 26 (2), 7-32 (2018). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3314532

Juneman Abraham (Contact Author)

Bina Nusantara University (Binus) - Psychology Department ( email )

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Julia Suleeman

University of Indonesia (UI) ( email )

Jl. Prof. Sumitro Djojohadikusumo
Depok, DKI 16424
Indonesia

Bagus Takwin

University of Indonesia (UI) - Psychology ( email )

Depok, 16424
Indonesia

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