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ERIC Number: ED399046
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Apr-11
Pages: 12
Abstractor: N/A
The Themes of Moral Dilemmas Formulated by Preadolescents.
Tirri, Kirsi
This study compared themes of moral dilemmas constructed by 12- and 13-year-olds from a Finnish public school and a special school for academically gifted students. Participating were 87 sixth graders, representing the general population of adolescents, and 27 gifted adolescents. Students were given 30 minutes to write a story representing a realistic moral problem. A descriptive content analysis of the themes of the stories was used to develop 10 main theme categories. One theme was identified for each story. Results indicated that the themes of the moral dilemmas included peer relationships, alcohol and smoking, family and divorce, illicit drug use, self concept conflicts, animal rights, stealing, life and death involving murder or suicide, reporting a witnessed infraction, and harassment. In both the gifted and general populations, most of the dilemmas related to peer relationship conflicts and interpersonal issues. None of the stories of gifted students dealt with conflicts over alcohol or smoking, drugs, or self concept. All the conflicts focusing on self concept, alcohol and smoking, and animal rights were written by girls. Only boys wrote about conflicts dealing with life and death issues. (Two appendices detail the instructions and provide story examples.) (KDFB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Finland