The Relation Between Conservative Religious Ideology and Principled Moral Reasoning: A Review
morality, Kohlbergs stages of moral development, conservatism, moral judgement, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, liberalism, Catholicism, normativity, research studies
The present article briefly reviews published and unpublished research which has investigated the relation between conservative religious ideology and moral reasoning development. The findings indicated that more extremely conservative religious individuals, but not moderately conservative or liberal religious individuals, tend to score lower than average on the P% score of the Defining Issues Test (DIT). Studies which shed light on why conservative religious individuals score low on the DIT are discussed.
Original Publication Citation
Richards, P.S. (1991). The relation between conservative religious ideology and principled moral reasoning: A review. Review of Religious Research, 32, 359-368.
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Richards, P. Scott, "The Relation Between Conservative Religious Ideology and Principled Moral Reasoning: A Review" (1991). Faculty Publications. 3868.
Review of Religious Research
David O. McKay School of Education
Counseling Psychology and Special Education
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