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The relationship between moral decision making and patterns of consolidation and transition in moral judgment development.
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PMID:  10082004     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Following models that describe intraindividual correlates of stage transitions (S. S. Snyder & D. H. Feldman, 1984), this study assessed the relation between a measure of consolidation and transition in moral judgment development and the utility of moral concepts in sociomoral decision making. The study extends previous research in suggesting that individuals use moral concepts differently as they cycle through periods of consolidation and transition. With multiple cross-sectional and longitudinal samples, findings indicate that participants' reliance on a Kohlbergian moral framework as measured by the Defining Issues Test is highest during periods of consolidation and lowest during transitions. As participants move into periods of consolidation, the utility of moral stage information increases. Thus, this study indicates that the consolidation and transition model can be used to help identify individuals who are more or less likely to use Kohlberg's moral stages in their moral decision making.
S J Thoma; J R Rest
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Developmental psychology     Volume:  35     ISSN:  0012-1649     ISO Abbreviation:  Dev Psychol     Publication Date:  1999 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1999-06-07     Completed Date:  1999-06-07     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0260564     Medline TA:  Dev Psychol     Country:  UNITED STATES    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  323-34     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Human Development, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa 35487-0158, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Analysis of Variance
Decision Making*
Longitudinal Studies

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