ERIC Number: ED234313
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Moral Development: Its Relation to Ego Development and Intraception.
Dixon, Janice W.; Hudson, Lynne M.
Factors which aid an individual's progression from one stage of moral reasoning to another remain a mystery. Theorists suggest that intraception, defined as a predominance of feeling, fantasy, and aspirations (connoting a humanistic outlook and an ability to develop role-taking skills) as opposed to a down-to-earth, skeptical attitude, may be an important factor in the quality of moral decision making. Ego development has also been hypothesized to be related to moral development. To examine intraception and ego development as they relate to the progression of moral reasoning abilities, college students (N=40) completed the Defining Issues Test (DIT) measuring moral reasoning; the Sentence Completion Test (SCT) to assess ego development; and the Edwards Personal Preference Schedule (EPPS) to evaluate strength of intraception. Analyses of results showed support for the hypothesis that moral development is part of the broader concept of ego development, and that the need for intraception is related to both moral and ego development. The data suggest that an affective trait or personality variable (intraception) affects the development of moral reasoning level, possibly by influencing the quality of interpersonal relations. (Author/WAS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Ego Development Theory; Intraception
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (90th, Washington, DC, August 23-27, 1982).