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Psicologia: Reflexão e Crítica

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SHIMIZU, Alessandra de Morais. Defining Issues Test-2: reliability of the Brazilian version and considerations concerning its use in studies on morality. Psicol. Reflex. Crit. [online]. 2004, vol.17, n.1, pp. 5-14. ISSN 0102-7972.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0102-79722004000100003.

This study aims to evaluate the reliability of a Brazilian translation and adaptation of the Defining Issues Test (DIT) -2, as well as to make considerations concerning the use of this tool and of DIT -1 in studies on morality. The DIT -1 and DIT -2 were administred to 621 Brazilian youngsters, equally distributed according to the city of origin (Floriano/PI, Erechim/RS and Marília/SP), the kind of school (public or private) and the school year attended (8th grade and 11th grade). Regarding the reliability, it was noticed that although the values achieved were close to that one obtained in the translation and adaptation of DIT -1, they revealed themselves much lower than the ones verified in the American original versions. When checking the scores achieved in the tests the existence of some tendencies within the investigated sample was observed. Some considerations regarding the validity and interpretation of these tests are made.

Keywords : Moral development; moral judgment weighing tool; neo-kohlberguiana approaching based on DIT.

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