The objectives of the study were: (1) To develop Piaget type stories as tasks to study the nature of development of moral judgment of children from 7+ to 11+ years. (2) To study how do intentions and motives play a role in the development of moral judgment in children. (3) To study how cognitive maturity affects the development of moral judgment. (4) To study how moral judgment varies with the children of Hindus, Muslim and Christians as cultural groups in Kerala. (5) To study how moral judgment a function of the development of sex-types of children. (6) To study how parental love bears upon children the child’s concept of moral judgment. (7) To study how the three differential nature of parental love- the highly rejected, normally accepted and highly accepted vary the moral judgment of children from 7 to 11+ years age of the child.
The hypotheses of the study were: (1) There exists no significant difference in the nature of development of moral judgment of children from 7 to 11+ years. (2) There is no significant difference in the role of sex intentions and motives in the development of moral judgment in children. (3) There is no significant difference between cognitive maturity of the child and development of moral judgment in children. (4) There is no significant difference in the development of moral judgment among Hindus, Muslims and Christians as three cultural groups of Kerala. (5) There is no significant difference between the development of moral judgment and development of sex type in children. (6) There is no significant difference between the means of parental love scores and moral judgment scores. (7) There is no significant difference among three, the highly rejected, normally accepted and highly accepted nature of parental love with respect to their development in moral judgment.
The sample consisted of randomly selected 600 students of class III to VIII from six schools of Ernakulam.
Non verbal group test of intelligence by M.C. Joshi and R.B. Tripathi, Moral Value Test (Split-half reliability coefficient=0.93), Social-Role Models, Sex Role Sterotype Test, Parental Love Test and The Story of Moral Judgment Dilemmas were developed by researcher for data collection.
Study was multi-dimensional factorial normative survey in nature. The data was analyzed by ANOVA followed by t-test.
The findings of the study were: (1) The 7 to11+years of age was an age of judging events on the basis of intentionality of the doer that is, passing out stage of consequence and appearance of infertility and motives. (2) The age of 7+ was the terminal point of pre-conventional stage. (3) The age of 11+ was terminal point of conventional stage. (4) The girls were consistently found superior to boys on their moral judgment scores from 7 to 11+ years of their age and the difference was significant. (5) Perceived parental love in this study was found to be the product of the resultant feelings of love and hate that the children had towards their parents. (6) Both parental love and the child’s age had a significant bearing upon the moral judgment of the child. (7) The highly accepted children were found to be obedient, modest, generous, responsible and docile while the children who felt rejected, found themselves uncared grow irresponsible and disorderedly lazy, selfish, stubborn and they gossip. (8) For all the three groups, the consequence response decreased with the advancement of age of these children, but the decrease in the case of Muslims were more gradual and slow than those of Hindus and Christians. (9) In all the three cultural groups, it was observed that moral judgment increased with age. (10) The age variables contributed significantly to the development of moral judgment. But the girls or boys being either male-self or female-self or sex type had no enduring relationship in the development of moral judgment in children.
Keyword(s): Sterotype, Parental Love, Development, Moral Adjustment,