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ERIC Number: ED260971
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984-Aug
Pages: 41
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Moral Problem Solving: A Pilot Study of Adolescent's Ability to Use Both Moral Orientations.
Johnston, Donna Kay
This study examined whether male and female adolescents have equal facility in using a response orientation and a rights orientation in solving moral problems. A person using a response orientation in discussing moral dilemmas considers the moral problem as issues of relationships or of response, i.e., how to respond to others in their particular situations. A person using a moral orientation of rights construes the moral conflict as issues of conflicting claims between self and others (including society). The rights orientation resolves dilemmas by invoking impartial rules, principles, or standards. Participating in the study were eight adolescents, equally divided between boys and girls who were 11 and 15 years of age. The adolescents were read moral dilemmas embedded in fables and asked how they would solve them. Results showed that both sexes used both orientations, but there was a tendency for female adolescents to use both orientations or switch orientations during the discussion of one dilemma, while males of both ages used one orientation for one dilemma and the other orientation for the second. There was a tendency for females to use the response orientation more frequently. (RM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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