Advisor(s) - Committee Chair
Sam McFarland, Dorsey Grice, John O'Connor
Department of Psychology
Master of Arts
The present research attempted to modify Rest's Defining Issues Test (DIT) in order to better differentiate stage 6 moral reasoners from stage 5 reasoners. A review of the literature showed that the DIT seems to be both reliable and valid, yet it is unable to clearly differentiate between the stages of principled moral reasoning. After three pilot tests, newly developed stage 6 items were added to the DIT. The revised DIT was then administered to people believed to be stage 6 reasoners. Of the 30 respondents, three made the stage 6 cutoff. No stage 6 items were shown to clearly differentiate between stages 5 and 6.
Psychology | Social and Behavioral Sciences
Gendron, David, "Better Differentiation of Kohlberg's Stage 6 Using a Modified Form of Rest's Defining Issues Test" (1987). Masters Theses & Specialist Projects. Paper 2380.