ERIC Number: ED196560
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Sep
Reference Count: 0
Developmental Consistencies in Children's Socio-Moral Knowledge: Justice Reasoning and Altruistic Behavior.
Blotner, Roberta; Bearison, David J.
This study examined the relationship between moral reasoning and altruistic behavior in 120 boys, 4- to 11-years old. Subjects were administered Damon's Positive- Justice Interview, and were presented helping and sharing tasks under five behavioral conditions corresponding to Damon's justice levels. Findings supported cognitive- developmental theory, demonstrating that different patterns of altruistic behavior emerge at different levels of social-cognitive maturity. In addition, it was demonstrated that certain types of moral reasoning are highly consistent with moral behavior. Moral reasoning within a practical altruistic context was more closely related to altruistic behavior than was moral reasoning within a hypothetical context. (Author/RH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Moral Reasoning; Positive Justice Interview (Damon); Sharing Behavior
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (88th, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, September 1-5, 1980).