ERIC Number: ED298407
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Moral Development, Identity Formation and Role Traditionality in Pregnant and Non-Pregnant Adolescents.
Manners, Pamela A.; And Others
The project of which this study is a part has as its broad aim the exploration of psychosocial factors associated with pregnancy among adolescent females. Over the last 30 years, the idea of moral development as a strong and pervasive influence on an individual's behavior has become an integral part of thinking about childhood and adolescence, although specific associations between moral development and adolescent pregnancy have been virtually unstudied. This study compared the moral reasoning, identity formation, and role traditionality of pregnant (N=8) and non-pregnant (N=9) adolescent females ranging in age from 14-18. Subjects who were more highly developed in identity were also likely to be higher in moral reasoning, but lower in role traditionality. Pregnant adolescents were more likely to be rated higher on the interpersonal components of identity status than on the occupation portion; non-pregnant females showed a greater orientation toward occupational goals. The groups were indistinguishable in terms of role traditionality. Plans are underway to extend this study to a larger and more cooperative sample. Results from this line of inquiry will strengthen the conceptual links among moral reasoning, identity formation and sex role, as well as increasing understanding of the developmental features of adolescent sexuality. (ABL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Identity Formation
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New Orleans, LA, April 5-9, 1988).