I don’t want the money, I just want your time: how moral identity overcomes the aversion to giving time to pro-social causes
Journal of Personality and Social Psychology
American Psychological Association
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Reed, A., Finnel, S., Aquino, K., & Levy, E. (2016). I don’t want the money, I just want your time: how moral identity overcomes the aversion to giving time to pro-social causes. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 110 (3), 435-457. https://doi.org/10.1037/pspp0000058
Four studies show that moral identity reduces people’s aversion to giving time—particularly as the psychological costs of giving time increase. In study 1, we demonstrate that even when the cost of time and money are held equivalent, a moral cue enhances the expected self-expressivity of giving time—especially when it is given to a moral cause. We found that a moral cue reduces time aversion even when giving time was perceived to be unpleasant (study 2), or when the time to be given was otherwise seen to be scarce (study 3). Study 4 builds on these studies by examining actual giving while accounting for the real costs of time. In this study we found that the chronic salience of moral identity serves as a buffer to time aversion, specifically as giving time becomes increasingly costly. These findings are discussed in terms of the time vs. money literature and the identity literature. We also discuss policy implications for prosocial cause initiatives.
External DOI: https://doi.org/10.1037/pspp0000058
This record's URL: https://www.repository.cam.ac.uk/handle/1810/250391