Characteristics of moral dilemmas written by adolescents

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Completed a descriptive study to examine the nature of moral dilemmas written by adolescents. 149 7th, 9th, and 12th graders wrote stories involving a moral conflict. As in L. Kohlberg's (1969) stories, Ss depicted a central protagonist involved in one salient conflict. Unlike Kohlberg's stories, however, the Ss did not always identify a significant subsidiary character. They wrote about both male and female protagonists, constructed dilemmas involving the social relationship of friend between protagonist and subsidiary character, and dealt with issues other than civil rights and life and death. Several age trends and sex differences were also observed. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)162-163
Number of pages2
JournalDevelopmental psychology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 1 1977


  • age & sex, characteristics of written moral dilemmas, 7th vs 9th vs 12th graders


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