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Parker, Deborah Ann, Influence of Internal/External
Instructions on Children's Moral Judgments. Master of
Science (Clinical Psychology), August, 1986. 100 pp., 15
tables, 9 illustrations, references, 38 titles.
Past research, guided by Piaget's and Kohlberg's
theories of moral development, has shown that young children
base their moral judgments on the consequence of the story
protagonist's behavior while older children base their
judgments on the protagonist's intent. Three age groups of
children (144 subjects) heard four stories and were placed
in three conditions to investigate whether their judgments
could be influenced by asking them to pay attention either
to why the protagonist did what she or he did or to what
happened in the story, or given no instructions. As age
increased, children's recall of stories and use of a
protagonist's intention as a reason behind their judgments
increased. Judgment scores followed the same pattern for
all ages. Results were discussed in terms of social-
emotional and cognitive development.
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Parker, Deborah A. (Deborah Ann). Influence of Internal/External Instructions on Children's Moral Judgments, thesis, August 1986; Denton, Texas. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc500590/m1/2/: accessed October 19, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .