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ERIC Number: ED262367
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Mar
Pages: 28
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Morality in Action - The Relationship between Moral Judgement and Moral Action of Israeli Reserve Soldiers Who Refused to Serve in Lebanon.
Linn, Ruth
During the Lebanon War (1982), many Israeli reserve soldiers disobeyed the command to join their units for service in Lebanon. Several of these soldiers were publicly labeled "sarvanim" meaning "refusers" in Hebrew, and were jailed in military prisons. Kohlberg's (1976) cognitive developmental approach to moralization, which views justice as a universal concern that develops through six stages, was used to examine the moral reasoning of 36 sarvanim in relation to the structure of their moral thoughts. Subjects participated in tape-recorded interviews. Their hypothetical moral reasoning was measured using the first two dilemmas from Kohlberg's Form B of the Standard Moral Judgment Interview and actual moral reasoning was recorded by a semi-clinical open-ended interview. All protocols were scored by an independent rater who classified dilemma responses into two broad categories and assigned a stage score for each match between a manual criterion judgment and a moral judgment in the interview. The results support the hypothesis that mature moral thought would lead to mature moral action. The data suggest that the decision to disobey was structured mainly by those soldiers who could employ at least stage four reasoning. Although subjects seemed to exemplify by their actions a high degree of personal moral consistency, this consistency is only one dimension of the complexity of this moral action. Several methodological and conceptual aspects may have contributed to the findings. (NRB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Researchers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Israel; Lebanon