The Effect of Social Justice Advocacy and Ethical Sensitivity on the Social Entrepreneurial Intention of High School Students

  •  Joseph Kim    
  •  Byeonghwa Park    


The objective of this study was to assess the effect of ethical sensitivity and social justice advocacy on social entrepreneurial intention, and also, examined the impact of empathic concern and perspective taking on social justice advocacy and ethical sensitivity respectively. Another objective is to assess these relationships using the high school student population. This study collected the data from 201 high school students in the east coast area in the U.S. The students were randomly selected and invited to the survey. Path analysis was used to test the suggested hypotheses. The results indicated that high school students with a high level of social justice advocacy and ethical sensitivity showed stronger social entrepreneurial intention. Also, empathic concern was significantly related to social justice advocacy, while perspective taking was associated considerably with ethical sensitivity. Our study finds that ethical sensitivity and social justice advocacy will foster SE intention among high school students. Unlike adult groups, high schools students are under development of their ethical system and the value and attitude toward social issues. Education or training can play a critical role in high school students' ethical system or attitudes toward social justice. There should be more emphasis on ethics and social justice in the curriculum of high schools.

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