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The Moralization of Everyday Life Scale (MELS) is designed to measure the tendency to assign moral weight to commonplace behaviors.

Measuring Morality, 2012 includes a reduced version of the MELS Scale

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Data File: Measuring Morality Study, 2012

Source: Lovett, Benjamin J., Alexander H. Jordan, and Scott S. Wiltermuth. 2012. "Individual Differences in the Moralization of Everyday Life." Ethics and Behavior.


General Instructions:

Any special instructions related to individual items will be listed below those items.


MELS1 from Measuring Morality Study, 2012

Many people are used to thinking about morality as it relates to a few controversial public-policy issues: abortion, gay marriage, gun control, the death penalty, etc. This survey is instead about the things people do in their own daily lives. Below youll be presented with a variety of situations and asked to say whether certain behaviors in those situations would be morally wrong. Please use the following scale from 1 to 7, to indicate the degree to which you judge the behavior to be wrong (if at all). Lying about a test score when reporting performance to a teacher. [Moralization in Everyday Life Scale (MELS)] (MELS1)
TOTAL%
-1) Refused130.9
1) Not at all wrong; has nothing to do with morality100.7
2) 2261.7
3) 3795.2
4) 419212.6
5) 529919.7
6) 630720.2
7) Very wrong; an extremely immoral action59439.1
TOTAL1,520100.0

MELS2 from Measuring Morality Study, 2012

Many people are used to thinking about morality as it relates to a few controversial public-policy issues: abortion, gay marriage, gun control, the death penalty, etc. This survey is instead about the things people do in their own daily lives. Below youll be presented with a variety of situations and asked to say whether certain behaviors in those situations would be morally wrong. Please use the following scale from 1 to 7, to indicate the degree to which you judge the behavior to be wrong (if at all). Faking an injury to collect on insurance. [Moralization in Everyday Life Scale (MELS)] (MELS2)
TOTAL%
-1) Refused191.3
1) Not at all wrong; has nothing to do with morality90.6
2) 260.4
3) 3261.7
4) 4603.9
5) 51026.7
6) 623615.5
7) Very wrong; an extremely immoral action1,06269.9
TOTAL1,520100.0

MELS3 from Measuring Morality Study, 2012

Many people are used to thinking about morality as it relates to a few controversial public-policy issues: abortion, gay marriage, gun control, the death penalty, etc. This survey is instead about the things people do in their own daily lives. Below youll be presented with a variety of situations and asked to say whether certain behaviors in those situations would be morally wrong. Please use the following scale from 1 to 7, to indicate the degree to which you judge the behavior to be wrong (if at all). Parking in a handicapped parking spot when not handicapped. [Moralization in Everyday Life Scale (MELS)] (MELS3)
TOTAL%
-1) Refused171.1
1) Not at all wrong; has nothing to do with morality130.9
2) 2332.2
3) 3724.7
4) 418912.5
5) 522715.0
6) 635423.3
7) Very wrong; an extremely immoral action61340.4
TOTAL1,518100.0

MELS4 from Measuring Morality Study, 2012

Many people are used to thinking about morality as it relates to a few controversial public-policy issues: abortion, gay marriage, gun control, the death penalty, etc. This survey is instead about the things people do in their own daily lives. Below youll be presented with a variety of situations and asked to say whether certain behaviors in those situations would be morally wrong. Please use the following scale from 1 to 7, to indicate the degree to which you judge the behavior to be wrong (if at all). Using someone elses tooth brush without his or her permission. [Moralization in Everyday Life Scale (MELS)] (MELS4)
TOTAL%
-1) Refused191.3
1) Not at all wrong; has nothing to do with morality1509.9
2) 21228.0
3) 31389.1
4) 421714.3
5) 522114.6
6) 617811.7
7) Very wrong; an extremely immoral action47331.2
TOTAL1,518100.0

MELS5 from Measuring Morality Study, 2012

Many people are used to thinking about morality as it relates to a few controversial public-policy issues: abortion, gay marriage, gun control, the death penalty, etc. This survey is instead about the things people do in their own daily lives. Below youll be presented with a variety of situations and asked to say whether certain behaviors in those situations would be morally wrong. Please use the following scale from 1 to 7, to indicate the degree to which you judge the behavior to be wrong (if at all). Packing for a trip at the last minute. [Moralization in Everyday Life Scale (MELS)] (MELS5)
TOTAL%
-1) Refused181.2
1) Not at all wrong; has nothing to do with morality1,03167.9
2) 21177.7
3) 3734.8
4) 41429.4
5) 5634.2
6) 6281.8
7) Very wrong; an extremely immoral action463.0
TOTAL1,518100.0

MELS6 from Measuring Morality Study, 2012

Many people are used to thinking about morality as it relates to a few controversial public-policy issues: abortion, gay marriage, gun control, the death penalty, etc. This survey is instead about the things people do in their own daily lives. Below youll be presented with a variety of situations and asked to say whether certain behaviors in those situations would be morally wrong. Please use the following scale from 1 to 7, to indicate the degree to which you judge the behavior to be wrong (if at all). Choosing to wake up late, despite having a busy day ahead. [Moralization in Everyday Life Scale (MELS)] (MELS6)
TOTAL%
-1) Refused231.5
1) Not at all wrong; has nothing to do with morality74348.9
2) 221514.1
3) 31308.6
4) 418812.4
5) 51077.0
6) 6392.6
7) Very wrong; an extremely immoral action754.9
TOTAL1,520100.0

MELS7 from Measuring Morality Study, 2012

Many people are used to thinking about morality as it relates to a few controversial public-policy issues: abortion, gay marriage, gun control, the death penalty, etc. This survey is instead about the things people do in their own daily lives. Below youll be presented with a variety of situations and asked to say whether certain behaviors in those situations would be morally wrong. Please use the following scale from 1 to 7, to indicate the degree to which you judge the behavior to be wrong (if at all). Ignoring a woman struggling to carry bags of groceries. [Moralization in Everyday Life Scale (MELS)] (MELS7)
TOTAL%
-1) Refused181.2
1) Not at all wrong; has nothing to do with morality523.4
2) 21127.4
3) 318512.2
4) 430119.8
5) 533922.3
6) 624816.3
7) Very wrong; an extremely immoral action26517.4
TOTAL1,520100.0

MELS8 from Measuring Morality Study, 2012

Many people are used to thinking about morality as it relates to a few controversial public-policy issues: abortion, gay marriage, gun control, the death penalty, etc. This survey is instead about the things people do in their own daily lives. Below youll be presented with a variety of situations and asked to say whether certain behaviors in those situations would be morally wrong. Please use the following scale from 1 to 7, to indicate the degree to which you judge the behavior to be wrong (if at all). Ignoring a driver whose car is stuck in the snow. [Moralization in Everyday Life Scale (MELS)] (MELS8)
TOTAL%
-1) Refused211.4
1) Not at all wrong; has nothing to do with morality563.7
2) 21228.0
3) 317611.6
4) 431420.7
5) 535623.4
6) 624616.2
7) Very wrong; an extremely immoral action22815.0
TOTAL1,519100.0

MELS9 from Measuring Morality Study, 2012

Many people are used to thinking about morality as it relates to a few controversial public-policy issues: abortion, gay marriage, gun control, the death penalty, etc. This survey is instead about the things people do in their own daily lives. Below youll be presented with a variety of situations and asked to say whether certain behaviors in those situations would be morally wrong. Please use the following scale from 1 to 7, to indicate the degree to which you judge the behavior to be wrong (if at all). An 18-year-old girl breaking an abstinence vow to have premarital sex. [Moralization in Everyday Life Scale (MELS)] (MELS9)
TOTAL%
-1) Refused181.2
1) Not at all wrong; has nothing to do with morality15410.1
2) 21338.8
3) 316210.7
4) 429519.4
5) 520813.7
6) 617911.8
7) Very wrong; an extremely immoral action37124.4
TOTAL1,520100.0

MELS10 from Measuring Morality Study, 2012

Many people are used to thinking about morality as it relates to a few controversial public-policy issues: abortion, gay marriage, gun control, the death penalty, etc. This survey is instead about the things people do in their own daily lives. Below youll be presented with a variety of situations and asked to say whether certain behaviors in those situations would be morally wrong. Please use the following scale from 1 to 7, to indicate the degree to which you judge the behavior to be wrong (if at all). Drinking 10 beers at a party and vomiting several times. [Moralization in Everyday Life Scale (MELS)] (MELS10)
TOTAL%
-1) Refused171.1
1) Not at all wrong; has nothing to do with morality28218.6
2) 21439.4
3) 31419.3
4) 419112.6
5) 520913.8
6) 618912.4
7) Very wrong; an extremely immoral action34722.8
TOTAL1,519100.0

MELS11 from Measuring Morality Study, 2012

Many people are used to thinking about morality as it relates to a few controversial public-policy issues: abortion, gay marriage, gun control, the death penalty, etc. This survey is instead about the things people do in their own daily lives. Below youll be presented with a variety of situations and asked to say whether certain behaviors in those situations would be morally wrong. Please use the following scale from 1 to 7, to indicate the degree to which you judge the behavior to be wrong (if at all). Defecating, not washing ones hands, and then preparing dinner for oneself. [Moralization in Everyday Life Scale (MELS)] (MELS11)
TOTAL%
-1) Refused201.3
1) Not at all wrong; has nothing to do with morality33722.2
2) 21298.5
3) 31218.0
4) 417411.5
5) 51369.0
6) 616310.7
7) Very wrong; an extremely immoral action43828.9
TOTAL1,518100.0

MELS12 from Measuring Morality Study, 2012

Many people are used to thinking about morality as it relates to a few controversial public-policy issues: abortion, gay marriage, gun control, the death penalty, etc. This survey is instead about the things people do in their own daily lives. Below youll be presented with a variety of situations and asked to say whether certain behaviors in those situations would be morally wrong. Please use the following scale from 1 to 7, to indicate the degree to which you judge the behavior to be wrong (if at all). Wearing a pair of pants for three weeks without washing them. [Moralization in Everyday Life Scale (MELS)] (MELS12)
TOTAL%
-1) Refused181.2
1) Not at all wrong; has nothing to do with morality52634.6
2) 216310.7
3) 31358.9
4) 419412.8
5) 51087.1
6) 61077.0
7) Very wrong; an extremely immoral action26817.6
TOTAL1,519100.0



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