ERIC Number: ED352577
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Apr-22
Adolescent Moral Thinking and Drug Use.
Berkowitz, Marvin W.; And Others
Project Decide is a 3-year study of adolescent moral reasoning and drug and alcohol use. Project Decide includes two studies. The first is a cross-sectional study of adolescents ranging in age from 13 to 19 and from grade 6 to college freshmen. In all 600 students will be individually interviewed to assess Kohlberg stage of moral reasoning and Turiel domain categorization of drug behavior. They will also complete an inventory of personal drug and alcohol use, as well as demographic information. At this point data has been collected from 135 6th- to 8th-graders; 9th- to 12th-graders are currently being interviewed. The second study is a one-year longitudinal study of 13- to 19-year-old adolescents and their parents. Each adolescent and at least one parent are interviewed individually to assess their stages of moral reasoning and their domain categorization of drug and alcohol behavior. Data was collected from 146 families, including 133 mothers and 146 adolescents. The preliminary findings tend to confirm the hypothesis that the relation between moral reasoning and drug and alcohol use is not direct. Some relations do exist but a relativistic ideology seems even more strongly associated with drug use than does the Kohlberg moral stage. It is also clear that domain categorization of drug use is a promising means of explaining the relation between sociomoral reasoning and drug use. (ABL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. on Drug Abuse (DHHS/PHS), Rockville, MD.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Francisco, CA, April 20-24, 1992).