Moral judgment in relation to behavioral and cognitive disorders in adolescents

Marian Sigman*, Judy A. Ungerer, Andrew Russell

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    The capacity for formulating moral judgments shown by 20 emotionally disturbed, cognitively delayed adolescents was related to their social behaviors as observed in a classroom situation. Adolescents reported by their teachers to be shy and submissive were less capable of reasoning about moral issues than were adolescents who were seen as more assertive and socially engaged. The level of moral judgment was not a function of intelligence or ability to understand concrete operations. The implication that social engagement is a critical determinant of moral judgment for these adolescents is discussed.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)503-511
    Number of pages9
    JournalJournal of Abnormal Child Psychology
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - Dec 1983


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