ERIC Number: ED474647
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002-Aug
Structure of the Padua Moral Judgment Scale: A Study of Young Adults in Seven Countries.
Comunian, Anna L.
The large majority of students in the Kohlbergian tradition have focused on stages of moral judgment development, on moral reasoning, and on research comparing the influence of standard variables such as age, education, and gender on moral reasoning skills. After briefly comparing the four most frequently employed moral judgment tests developed respectively by Kohlberg, Rest, Gibbs, and Lind, this paper presents the rationale as well as reliability and construct validity data for a new, objective self-report moral judgment test, the Padua Moral Judgment Scale (MJS). To investigate the structure of the MJS in a young adult sample, data were collected from a sample of 780 young adults aged 17 to 30 from seven countries: Australia, Belgium, Chile, England, Italy, Ireland and the USA. Confirmatory factor analyses indicated a general as well as hierarchical structure with four group factors, consistent with previous investigations. Results suggest that the structure of the MJS is highly similar among the young adults from seven countries. (Contains 24 references.) (Author)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Research
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the American Psychological Association (110th, Chicago, IL, August 22-25, 2002).