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NCJ Number: 76398 Find in a Library
Title: Juvenile Delinquency and Moral Development
Journal: Criminal Justice and Behavior  Volume:8  Issue:1  Dated:(March 1981)  Pages:79-93
Author(s): A Sagi; Z Eisikovits
Date Published: 1981
Page Count: 15
Sponsoring Agency: Ford Foundation
Tel Aviv, Israel
University of Haifa
Haifa, Israel
Grant Number: 10/B-6
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The moral development of delinquent and nondelinquent adolescents was investigated in both male and female subjects from middle and lower socioeconomic class backgrounds using a morality test for children.
Abstract: The subjects were 249 children aged 13 to 17 living in Israel. Delinquent subjects were drawn only from a lower class sample; middle class delinquents were not available for testing. The subjects completed a morality test for children which included measures of resistance of temptation, moral stage of development, feelings after offense, judgment about the severity of punishment, and confession. In most measures of moral development nondelinquents performed better than delinquents, with the exception of their judgment about punishment severity. Age and class resulted in no significant differences. Overall, females scored higher than males on the various moral measures. Differences in cultural patterns between Israel and the United States (where most previous morality studies have taken place) may explain the lack of differences between classes. The lower morality measures of delinquents is due to the socialization process in which school and family have diminished impact. Tabular data and 17 references are provided. (Author abstract modified)
Index Term(s): Adolescent attitudes; Attitudes toward authority; Comparative analysis; Israel; Juvenile delinquency factors; Juvenile Delinquent-nondelinquent comparisons; Moral development; Social classes; Youth development
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