The present study was motivated by concern about the validity of the DIT and methodological issues in Fisher and Sweeney (2001, 1998) studies. Our study of 98 accounting students from three private institutions in the eastern U.S. generates results that directly contradict those of Fisher and Sweeney’s (1998). Using the nine-point scale, we could reject our three hypotheses relating to DIT scores associating with political orientation. First, we find that there was not a significant difference between the pre-test DIT scores of liberal and conservative politically orientated students. Second, the follow on DIT test scores for those students who were not politically conservative did not decrease when responding from a conservative perspective. Third, the follow on DIT test scores for those students who were not politically liberal did not increase when responding from a liberal perspective.
Bean, David F.; Bernardi, Richard; and Massey, Dawn W., "DIT scores and political ideology: evidence of a non-significant relationship" (2001). Business Faculty Publications. 94.
CONFERENCE PRESENTATION: David F. Bean, Richard Bernardi, Dawn Massey. (2001). “DIT scores and political ideology: evidence of a non-significant relationship,”, Presented by David Bean at 8th Annual International Conference Promoting Business Ethics, Chicago, September 2001 .