Juvenile delinquency and moral development

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This article compares moral development of delinquent and nondelinquent adolescents. The subjects, 249 males and females ranging in age from 13 to 17, were administered a morality test for children including the following measures: resistance to temptation, moral stage, feelings after offense, judgment about the severity of punishment, and confession. In most measures of moral development, nondelinquents performed better than delinquents. With few exceptions, females were found to score higher than males on the various moral measures. The findings are discussed in terms of Hoffman's (1977) conceptualization regarding the influence of various disciplining techniques on moral development.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)79-93
Number of pages15
JournalCriminal Justice and Behavior
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 1981

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • General Psychology
  • Law


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