Care and Justice Moral Reasoning: A Multidimensional Scaling Approach

Multivariate Behavioral Research, Volume 28, Issue 4, (1993), pages 435-465

Posted: 6 Jun 2016

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Sharon Lawner Weinberg

New York University (NYU)

Nancy Yacker

New York University (NYU)

Sonia Henkle Orenstein

New York University (NYU)

Wayne S. DeSarbo

Pennsylvania State University

Date Written: August 1993

Abstract

In contrast to Kohlberg's (1969) universal model of moral development, Gilligan's (1982) model posits the existence of separate patterns of moral development for men and women. The pattern for men, termed the "justice ethic," is based on abstract concepts of justice, reciprocity, and individual rights. The pattern for women, termed the "care ethic," is based on responsibility toward others and the preservation of relationships. The purpose of this article is to utilize a recently developed multidimensional scaling methodology to explore the underlying structure of moral reasoning responses to 12 moral dilemmas, developed on the basis of Gilligan's theory, and to relate that structure to individual difference characteristics. Results of findings and implications for future research are discussed.

Suggested Citation

Lawner Weinberg, Sharon and Yacker, Nancy and Henkle Orenstein, Sonia and DeSarbo, Wayne S., Care and Justice Moral Reasoning: A Multidimensional Scaling Approach (August 1993). Multivariate Behavioral Research, Volume 28, Issue 4, (1993), pages 435-465, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2789646

Sharon Lawner Weinberg

New York University (NYU)

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Nancy Yacker

New York University (NYU)

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Sonia Henkle Orenstein

New York University (NYU)

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Wayne S. DeSarbo (Contact Author)

Pennsylvania State University ( email )

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State College, PA 16802
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