ERIC Number: ED435943
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999
A Comparison of Moral Development of College Student Behavioral Offenders and Non-Offenders.
Chassey, Richard A.
This study compares the moral development of college students who have been involved in repeated behavioral offenses with those who have not. Sixteen female and 13 male students from a Southern research university participated by taking the Defining Issues Test. The paper reports that a significant difference in moral development was found between offenders and non-offenders. An analysis of responses appears to indicate the two groups of students are dealing with the same issues but from a very different cognitive perspective. The researchers find it likely that the nature and necessity of university policies are understood by students at a Conventional moral level, resulting in fewer policy violations. For students at a Pre-Conventional, egocentric moral level, it is reasonable to assume that policies would be viewed as an unnecessary restriction on one's free will. Policies would be violated more frequently, resulting in more Pre-Conventional level students involved in disciplinary cases. The paper concludes that more research is needed in this area given the amount of time spent on discipline by student affairs professionals. (Contains 17 references.) (JDM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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