ERIC Number: ED081465
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1972-Sep
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Comparison of Cognitive Developmental Theories of Ego and Moral Development.
Two developmental stage theories concerned with moral development (Kohlberg) and ego development (Loevinger) were compared. Correlational relationships between the stages of each theory were measured, and a contingency table that visually portrayed the relationships between the stages was included. The study was based on two hypotheses: (1) There would be a high, positive correlation between the Loevinger and Kohlberg stages; and (2) The ego development test could be broken down into its various components. The Kohlberg Moral Development Test and the Loevinger Sentence Completion Test were the instruments used for assessment. Subjects included a group of 11- 15-year-old middle-class children to tap the lower ego levels, a group of young adults, clinical psychologists and psychiatric social workers. Analysis of results supported the first hypothesis, and the contingency table revealed clear parallels between the two series. The second hypothesis, however, was rejected. Discussion focused on characteristics of the instruments of measurement and theoretical implications. (DP)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Adults, Developmental Psychology, Developmental Stages, Elementary School Students, Moral Development, Personality Development, Self Concept, Theories
American Psychological Association, 1200 17th Street, N. W., Washington, D. C. 20036
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Sponsor: Illinois State Psychiatric Inst., Chicago.
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