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ERIC Number: ED358948
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Mar
Pages: 12
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Care-Based Moral Reasoning in Male and Female Children.
Skoe, Eva E.; Gooden, Alethia
This study examined care-based moral reasoning in 23 white females and 23 white males, ages 11 through 12 years in a small Canadian eastcoast town. Subjects were administered the Ethic of Care Interview (ECI), a measure administered in a structured interview format consisting of four dilemmas. In addition to three standardized, interpersonal dilemmas, the interview consisted of a real-life conflict generated by the subject in response to a general question about the subject's personal experience of a moral conflict. Analysis revealed that girls scored significantly higher on the ECI than boys, suggesting that girls use more other-oriented modes of prosocial moral reasoning than boys. Girls were less egocentric than boys and more concerned with approval and acceptance from others. More girls than boys scored at ECI level 2 (conventions of goodness, caring for others). These gender differences might be due to biological differences or differences in socialization experiences. (MM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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