A cross-cultural study of moral stage structure in Hong Kong Chinese, English, and Americans

Hing Keung MA*, Chau Kiu Cheung

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Abstract

The hierarchical structure of Kohlberg's stages of moral judgment development was tested by conducting unidimensional unfolding on the stage scores generated by the rating responses to Rest's Defining Issues Test. The sample consisted of 620 Chinese subjects in Hong Kong, 100 English subjects in London, and 353 American subjects in the United States. The results supported the hierarchical structure, provided that a reduced Stage 4 score was constructed by deleting a few Stage 4 issue statements. Results also indicated that there were obvious cultural differences in perception of the Stage 4 issue statements. The Chinese tended to regard the Stage 4 statements as more similar to those of Stages 5 and 6, whereas the English and Americans tended to regard the Stage 4 statements as more similar to those of Stages 2 and 3. This finding is interpreted in terms of a cultural difference in the perspectives on social order, norm, and law.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)700-713
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Cross-Cultural Psychology
Volume27
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 1996

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Cultural Studies
  • Anthropology

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