Two neglected moral emotions in university settings: some data on pride and shame

Daniela Raccanello*, Margherita Brondino, Margherita Pasini

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Pride and shame, two moral emotions partially neglected by the literature, can also be categorised as achievement emotions, because of their salience within everyday school and academic life. Our aims were to explore whether they are organised in a setting-specific manner and whether they differ in two settings, learning exam-relevant material and taking exams. Five hundred and forty university students evaluated pride and shame related to the two settings. A confirmatory multitrait-multimethod analysis (MTMM) indicated higher salience of type of emotion rather than type of setting; however, the structure of pride and shame was best explained when also type of setting was accounted for. A repeated-measure analysis of variance revealed higher levels of the positive emotion compared to the negative emotion, with the latter higher for the evaluative setting. Findings are discussed in light of their theoretical and applied relevance.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)231-238
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Beliefs and Values
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • achievement emotions
  • moral emotions
  • Pride
  • setting
  • shame
  • university students


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