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Psicologia & Sociedade
versión impresa ISSN 0102-7182
GALVAO, Lilian Kelly de Sousa y CAMINO, Cleonice Pereira dos Santos. Moral judgments on death penalty and reduction of criminal majority. Psicol. Soc. [online]. 2011, vol.23, n.2, pp. 228-236. ISSN 0102-7182. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0102-71822011000200003.
The aim of this study was to investigate the moral judgments of students of high school and degrees on the death penalty and the reduction of criminal majority. Thus, it was used to support the theoretical and empirical typology of moral development of Lawrence Kohlberg. The study included 200 students who responded, beyond a list that requested information from some of their bio-demographic data, questions related to death penalty and reduction of criminal majority. In general, participants opined in favor of the death penalty and the reduction of criminal majority, and in defense of their views, used mainly typical arguments hierarchically lower stages of the Kohlberg's typology there, however, some differences between the responses according to level of schooling. These results were discussed taking into consideration the Kohlberg's theory and empirical studies dealing with the issues of death penalty and reduction of criminal majority.
Palabras clave : death penalty; criminal majority; moral development.