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The moral judgment of juvenile delinquents: a meta-analysis.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  17048108     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
A meta-analysis of 50 studies was conducted to investigate whether juvenile delinquents use lower levels of moral judgment than their nondelinquent age-mates and, if so, what factors may influence or moderate the developmental delay. The results show a lower stage of moral judgment for juvenile delinquents (d=.76). Effect sizes were large for comparisons involving male offenders, late adolescents, delinquents with low intelligence, and incarcerated delinquents. The largest effect sizes were found for period of incarceration and comparisons involving juvenile delinquents with psychopathic disorder. Production instead of recognition measures, dilemma-free assessment methods, and non-blind scoring procedures yielded relatively large effect sizes, whereas effect sizes were medium for comparisons involving delinquents with average intelligence, non-incarcerated delinquents, female offenders, as well as early and middle adolescents. Psychopathic disorder and institutionalization were identified as unique moderators of the link between moral judgment and juvenile delinquency. It is concluded that developmentally delayed moral judgment is strongly associated with juvenile delinquency, even after controlling for socioeconomic status, gender, age and intelligence.
Geert Jan Stams; Daniel Brugman; Maja Deković; Lenny van Rosmalen; Peter van der Laan; John C Gibbs
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Meta-Analysis; Review     Date:  2006-10-18
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of abnormal child psychology     Volume:  34     ISSN:  0091-0627     ISO Abbreviation:  J Abnorm Child Psychol     Publication Date:  2006 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2006-11-10     Completed Date:  2007-03-13     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0364547     Medline TA:  J Abnorm Child Psychol     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  697-713     Citation Subset:  IM    
Faculty of Social and Behavioral Sciences, University of Amsterdam, Department of Education, P.O. Box 94208, 1090 GE, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
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MeSH Terms
Juvenile Delinquency*
Moral Development*
Prisoners / psychology*
Risk Factors

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