The moral reasoning of juvenile delinquents: A meta-analysis

J. Ron Nelson, Deborah J. Smith, John Dodd

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Abstract

To test the hypothesized immaturity of juvenile delinquents' moral reasoning, the results of 15 studies of the moral reasoning of juvenile delinquents were integrated quantitatively using meta-analysis. Hedges and Olkin (1985) methods were used to (a) compute effect sizes, (b) test the homogeneity of the obtained effect sizes, and (c) test the statistical significance of the pooled mean effect size. The results supported the hypothesis that the moral reasoning of juvenile delinquents is immature. It was concluded that several other issues are in need of investigation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)231-239
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Abnormal Child Psychology
Volume18
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 1990

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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