Manifestations of moral development in concrete situations

Eliot J. Butter1, Bernard Sidenberg2
1University of Dayton, United States
2Brooklyn College of Cuny, United States
Cite this article:  Butter, E. J., & Sidenberg, B. (1973). Manifestations of moral development in concrete situations. Social Behavior and Personality: An international journal, 1(1), 64-70.

Volume 1 Issue 1 | e31 | Published: February 1973 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2224/sbp.1973.1.1.64

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One hundred college-age participants were asked to present a recently, personally-experienced, moral conflict which was coded according to the stages of development elaborated by Kohlberg. The results indicated that the area of conflict is a factor affecting the level of maturity expressed in the resolution of the conflict. Participants experiencing political and ideological conflicts resolved these conflicts on a more mature level of development than participants experiencing honesty or social conflicts. Participants experiencing sexual conflicts also resolved them on a more mature level than subjects experiencing honesty conflicts. No differences were found as a function of sex. Social conflicts were reported most often and legal conflicts least frequently. The results were discussed in terms of the differential responses to hypothetical and concrete moral conflicts. 


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