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How autonomy support and ethical value alignment influences attitudes towards diversity in English police.

Al-Khouja, M. and Graham, L. and Weinstein, N. and Zheng, Y. (2020) 'How autonomy support and ethical value alignment influences attitudes towards diversity in English police.', Journal of moral education. .

Abstract

Antagonism towards diversity, an attitude reflecting low egalitarian ethical values, has been a topic within policing that has received increasing attention in the last decade. Using two-wave data and applying self-determination theory (Deci & Ryan, 1985), we investigated how autonomy support versus autonomy frustration, ways of being motivated either through encouraging one’s sense of volition, or otherwise, coercing and imposing pressures, can improve diversity attitudes through its relation with ethical values. Study 1 (n = 398 police officers and staff) found that autonomy-supportive communications fostered ethical values, and hence was negatively related to diversity antagonism. Study 2 (n = 859 police officers and staff) indicated that motivation to overcome prejudice mediates the relationship between ethical values and diversity antagonism. Perceptions of workplace culture as lacking in autonomy support acted as a boundary condition for the ethical values and diversity antagonism relationship; no relationship was present when autonomy support was low.

Item Type:Article
Full text:Publisher-imposed embargo until 07 July 2021.
(AM) Accepted Manuscript
First Live Deposit - 21 November 2019
File format - PDF
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Status:Peer-reviewed
Publisher Web site:https://doi.org/10.1080/03057240.2019.1697867
Publisher statement:This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journal of Moral Education on 7 January 2020 available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/03057240.2019.1697867
Record Created:21 Nov 2019 12:13
Last Modified:15 Jan 2020 12:54

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