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International Journal of Sports Technology, 2024, 5(1); doi: 10.38007/IJST.2024.050102.

Evaluation of Moral Decision Making of Student Athletes on Sports Policies and Ethical Issues


Yi Liang, Mark Christian Siwa

Corresponding Author:
Mark Christian Siwa

Adamson University, Manila, Philippines


This descriptive correlational method study is strongly based on the study of Donovan, Jalleh and Gucciardi (2015). They prescribe the research package, including standard questionnaires on: 1) moral identity, 2) sportspersonship, 3) moral disengagement, and 4) moral decision – making to assist organizations (Donovan, et al., 2015) in measuring athletes’ beliefs and behaviors with respect to their performance. This study therefore concludes that the younger the age of the student-athlete respondents the less their experience and engagement in terms of the decision making in sports. Most of the athletes are into playing basketball as this is one of the flagship sports in China. In sports, cheating can damage relationships and go against the principle of fair play, which emphasizes playing by the rules when competing. Fair play, morality, and general goodwill toward an opponent are concepts that sportsmanship encompasses. Morality is a strong component of sport participation. Moral disengagement is a set of psychological mechanisms used to disengage transgressive behavior from the self-sanctions that keep behavior in line with moral standards in playing sports. In sport, moral character is related to many aspects including cheating in sports. Student-Athletes has moral character to stay fair in sports. This study developed a modular program on sports values for student athletes in the universities. 


Moral-Decision Making, Moral Identity, Sportpersonship, Moral Disengagement

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Yi Liang, Mark Christian Siwa. Evaluation of Moral Decision Making of Student Athletes on Sports Policies and Ethical Issues. International Journal of Sports Technology (2024), Vol. 5, Issue 1: 12-22. https://doi.org/10.38007/IJST.2024.050102.


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