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ERIC Number: ED128698
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976
Pages: 30
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Moral Judgement and Prosocial Behavior: An Interactional Approach.
Erkut, Sumru; Jaquette, Dan
The study focuses on the interaction between moral development and situational factors as it affects prosocial behavior. Three experimental conditions varied the permissibility of interrupting a task to help an "ailing" confederate. A situation by moral judgment interaction was predicted. Stage three and four subjects, defining right action in accordance with conventional expectations or obligations would not help in any of the three conditions. Stage five subjects, defining right action in terms of human rights and contractual obligations would help in the Permission condition. The results support these predictions. It is only within the extended boundaries of Permission condition that Stage five subjects were able to resolve the conflict between their responsibility to the welfare of the "victim" and their contractual agreement with the experimenter. The implication of the study is that neither knowledge of situational variables by itself nor knowledge of moral judgment alone are sufficient to predict moral action. The critical factor seems to be the interaction between situation and moral judgment. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Note: Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association (New York, N.Y., April, 1976)