Level of moral development in students at the law school of San Ignacio de Loyola University (Lima-Peru) in the face of political corruption 2021

Melissa Denisse Sisniegas Pajuelo, Leopoldo Raúl Jesús Best Mejía, Fernando de Jesús Saavedra Bardalez, Karla Francesca Caldas Marqués, Mateo Clemente Peralta Maceda

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Abstract

The level of moral development of the students at the Law School of the San Ignacio de Loyola University in Lima-Peru was determined with the Defining Issues Test-Short Form (DIT-SF) questionnaire developed by J. Rest based on L. Kohlberg's evolutionary theory of moral development. The questionnaire was applied to 87 students, in a crosssection, corresponding to 70% females and 30% males. Moral development was analyzed by gender and socio-economic profile. The predominant level of moral development was the conventional or norm-maintaining schema, and the average "P" index of the sample was 6.4 with no statistical difference between males and females. None presented a post-conventional moral development characterized by the recognition of ethical principles with autonomy and responsibility, the level needed by civil servants and public officials to avoid corruption.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)270-283
Number of pages14
JournalEconomic Research Guardian
Volume11
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2021
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Corruption
  • DIT-SF questionnaire
  • Ethics
  • Moral development

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