Effect of language on preference for responses to a moral dilemma

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Abstract

Support for L. Kohlberg's (1969) claim of invariance in the development of moral judgment comes from a study by J. R. Rest et al (1969) and a study by J. R. Rest (1973) in which Ss, presented with moral dilemmas, preferred responses to those dilemmas that were based on higher stages of thinking. In the present study with 40 undergraduates, no such preference was found when the higher and lower stage responses were equated for language sophistication. (3 ref) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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