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ERIC Number: ED084033
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973-Mar-29
Pages: 60
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Moral Judgment and Role-Taking in Children Ages Three to Seven.
Irwin, D. Michelle; Ambron, Sueann R.
Two studies were designed to examine the relationship between moral judgment and role-taking in young children. In Study I, 30 lower class and 30 middle class five-year-olds were presented with affective, cognitive and perceptual role-taking tasks. Task performances were then examined in relation to four dimensions of moral judgment--blameworthiness, restitution, intentionality, and intent-consequence. Analysis of the data suggests that affective and cognitive role-taking may emerge before perceptual role-taking in young children. Also, 5-year-olds seem to best understand the notion of blameworthiness, followed by restitution, and to a lesser extent, intentionality. Study II investigated the relationship between role-taking and moral judgment in 34 kindergarten and 38 second graders, using age as a variable. Affective, cognitive and perceptual role-taking were studied in relation to the moral judgment dimensions of intentionality and restitutive justice. A significant correlation was found between role-taking and moral judgment, especially cognitive role-taking. In addition, 7-year olds had higher scores than 5-year olds on all areas of role-taking except the perceptual tasks, and 7-year-olds had higher scores than 5-year-olds on total moral judgment and intentionality but not on restitution. Suggestions for future research are made. (SET)
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