Moral development: effect of physical handicap and gender in Undergraduate students

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1988-12

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Clinesmith, Alice Ogden

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Two hypotheses were tested in the study. The first hypothesis tested for differences in moral development stage levels between physically handicapped and non-physically handicapped young adult undergraduate college students. A matching pairs design was used to test the first hypothesis. The second hypothesis tested for gender differences in moral development stage levels. Kohlberg's theory of moral development was selected for the theoretical framework. A descriptive comparative research was utilized.

The sample was composed of 79 volunteer participants. Two instruments, the Defining Issues Test and a Demographic Data Form, were used for data collection. Analysis of variance indicated no significant difference overall between the physically handicapped and non-physically handicapped subjects. No significant differences in moral development stage were noted between the genders. However, a significance was approached at Stage 6 (p =.070), with female subjects scoring higher.

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Moral development, Physically handicapped, Non-physically handicapped, Child development, Gender

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