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Paidéia (Ribeirão Preto)
Print version ISSN 0103-863X
LEPRE, Rita Melissa and MARTINS, Raul Aragão. Adolescents' moral reasoning and abusive alcohol use. Paidéia (Ribeirão Preto) [online]. 2009, vol.19, n.42, pp. 39-45. ISSN 0103-863X. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0103-863X2009000100006.
Adolescents' abusive alcohol use is an issue that concerns professionals involved with education because its consequences can lead to serious damages to the learning-teaching process and to adolescents who present abusive consumption. Aiming to contribute to the discussion on the search for an effective intervention, especially at schools, we attempted to find the possible relation between the abusive use of alcohol and moral reasoning. For that, secondary students from a public school were selected through the AUDIT (The Alcohol Use Disorder Identification Test) and then were interviewed using the Moral Judgment Interview (MJI) proposed by Kohlberg and colleagues. Results reveal moral levels and stages bellow the expected. We conclude that prevention can be considered in the perspective of Moral Education as an effective proposal against the abusive use of alcohol and other drugs.
Keywords : adolescence; alcohol abuse; moral development.