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The Differences in the Use of Moral Orientationsamong Three Groups: Focused on Kohlberg'smoral developmental stages and orientations

  • THE KOREAN JOURNAL OF DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY
  • 2004, 17(1), pp.79-94
  • Publisher : The Korean Society For Developmental Psychology
  • Research Area : Social Science > Psychological Science

백혜정 1 Soonmook Lee 2

1동덕여자대학교
2성균관대학교

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ABSTRACT

The present study aimed to explore the moral judgment of 82 adolescents and adults based on Kohlberg's theory of moral judgment. In particular, their moral stages and use of orientations were analysed through interviewing the individuals with Kohlberg's hypothetical dilemmas, Form A. As Results, the moral stages increased with their ages and academic levels. Also, they showed a developmental tendency to use the moral orientations. That is, the use of the egoistic consequences orientation decreased across the ages and academic levels while the use of the ideal consequences and fairness orientations increased. We discussed the results in connection with the previous studies on Korean children's moral development and the individuals' moral judgment in other cultures. Based on these, we suggest Koreans' developmental tendency in moral judgment and the limitations of the present study.

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