Cultural and gender differences in moral judgment: A study of Mexican Americans and Anglo-Americans

Citation
Ls. Gump et al., Cultural and gender differences in moral judgment: A study of Mexican Americans and Anglo-Americans, HISPAN J B, 22(1), 2000, pp. 78-93
Citations number
42
Language
INGLESE
art.tipo
Article
Categorie Soggetti
Psycology
Journal title
HISPANIC JOURNAL OF BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES
ISSN journal
0739-9863 → ACNP
Volume
22
Issue
1
Year of publication
2000
Pages
78 - 93
Database
ISI
SICI code
0739-9863(200002)22:1<78:CAGDIM>2.0.ZU;2-K
Abstract
Kohlberg's theory of moral development regards justice concerns as developm entally more advanced than interpersonal considerations. Men tend to score as more morally developed than women on existing measures. Gilligan suggest ed that this is because women rely more on "care" considerations in moral d ilemmas, whereas men rely more on "justice " issues. Snarey noted similar, bias in the cross-cultural realm. The authors studied moral judgment in Mex ican American (n = 40) and Anglo-American (n = 40) college students. On the care measure, as expected females scored higher than males (p < .05), and Mexican Americans scored higher than Anglo-Americans (p < .01) Contrary to expectation, no differences were obtained on the justice measure. The role of socialization in moral development is discussed.