Children's obligatory and discretionary moral judgments.

@article{Kahn1992ChildrensOA,
  title={Children's obligatory and discretionary moral judgments.},
  author={Peter H. Kahn},
  journal={Child development},
  year={1992},
  volume={63 2},
  pages={416-30}
}
This study examined children's obligatory moral judgments (which reflect a moral requirement) and discretionary moral judgments (which reflect moral worthiness, but not a requirement). 72 children participated across grades 2, 5, and 8 (mean ages, 8-3, 11-0, and 13-11). Children were interviewed in response to stimulus stories that controlled for the degree of agent's cost (low and high) for performing positive moral acts (giving money for food to an impoverished, hungry person) and negative… CONTINUE READING

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