Relationship of Prosocial Moral Reasoning to Altruism, Political Liberalism, and Intelligence

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Seventy-two students in Grades 9, 11, and 12 were administered four prosocial moral reasoning stories and a sociopolitical attitude questionnaire. Scores on a test for scholastic aptitude were obtained, and all subjects were given the opportunity to volunteer to help the experimenter with a dull, unpaid task. When the effects of age were controlled, males' level of prosocial moral reasoning was highly related to intelligence (scholastic aptitude) and moderately associated with altruism. Females' moral judgment was related to liberal sociopolitical attitudes. The data were compared with research on prohibition-oriented moral judgment, and the sex differences in the findings were discussed. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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