ERIC Number: ED356116
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Chicano Socialization and Moral Development. [Chicano Studies: Occasional Paper Series, No. 1.]
Cortese, Anthony J.
This paper questions the applicability of current moral development theories to the Chicano population. The stage theories of Piaget and Kohlberg that emphasize the "universality" of psychological aspects of moral development may be culturally biased. Research indicates that the rate and terminus of moral development is highly variable among cultural settings. Cultural differentiation in moral judgment might not exist if stage definitions were reconstructed to be culture and content-free. Although Chicanos are influenced by the technological and cultural context variables common to the United States, they retain the core values of Mexican folk culture and reject basic aspects of the dominant value system. This is evidenced through Chicano socialization and child-rearing practices. Group morality is based on the premise that the individual learns and internalizes morality enforced by the community. Research on group morality indicates that Chicano children proceed toward a different goal (i.e. cooperation) or final stage of morality rather than progressing at a slower rate of universal moral development. Further cross-cultural research is needed to evaluate the relationship between social structure and psychological structure in relation to moral development. (Contains 81 references.) (LP)
Descriptors: Cross Cultural Studies, Cultural Differences, Cultural Traits, Developmental Stages, Elementary Secondary Education, Ethnic Bias, Mexican Americans, Moral Development, Moral Values, Piagetian Theory, Research Methodology, Socialization, Value Judgment
Chicano Studies Program, University of Texas at El Paso, Graham Hall, 1st Floor, El Paso, TX 79968-0563 ($5; 10 or more copies, $4 each).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Texas Univ., El Paso. Chicano Studies Program.