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ERIC Number: ED181624
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Jul
Pages: 17
Abstractor: N/A
The Efficiency of Fables in Developing Concepts of Morality in Mentally Handicapped Youth.
Fischer, Margaret
The study attempted to determine the effects of chronological age (CA), mental age (MA), IQ, sex, and the content of eight Aesop's Fables on the ability of 56 mentally handicapped children (26 boys, 30 girls; 7 to 18 years old) to interpret the stories' morals correctly. After reading the fables, which were chosen to illustrate the virtues of gratitude, prudence, cooperation, perseverance, honesty, foresight, resolution, and truth, the Ss' responses as to the morals of the fables were scored either plus or minus and were analyzed according to the type of explanation given. Results indicated that MA and IQ best predicted ability to interpret the morals correctly. The opposite was true for CA. Sex differences favored males. Vitues of truth and honesty were best understood while the values of prudence and foresight were least comprehended. (Author/SBH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Interamerican Congress of Psychology (18th, Lima, Peru, July, 1979)