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Children's judgments of parental fairness: An Indian perspective


Nandini Laddu
Department of Human Development and Family Studies, Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda
nandini_laddu@rediffmail.com

Shagufa Kapadia
Department of Human Development and Family Studies, Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda

 

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Abstract

The study examined children's moral reasoning with specific reference to adult interventions, across age and gender. Seventy-two children from the age groups 6-8 years and 10-12 years respectively were presented with two hypothetical vignettes pertaining to Piaget's justice framework of moral reasoning. Chi-square analysis and descriptive analysis of the moral reasoning in terms of frequencies and percentages were performed. The results indicated that age was significantly related with moral judgment and reasoning in the justice vignettes. However, Piaget's contention about children's authority orientation in moral judgment did not find complete support. No gender differences were found.

Moral judgment, moral reasoning, justice, middle childhood, potential fairness, India

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Laddu, N. and Kapadia, S. (2007). Children's judgments of parental fairness: An Indian perspective. International Education Journal, 8 (1), 244-253.
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