The Influence of Gender-Socialization on the Basis of Moral Development in Youth
Abstract: Previous research suggests men and women assess and respond to moral predicaments differently; men tend to prefer justice orientations (concerned with principles of fairness and equality) and women tend to prefer care orientations (concerned with responding to the needs of others). The purpose of the present study was to determine the age this preference becomes evident in development. Youth participants were asked to assess moral dilemmas and rate their preference for both justice and care based solutions. Children as young as five in both sexes showed a significant overall preference for care-based solutions to justice-based ones, although females showed a stronger preference for care-oriented solutions compared to males.
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