n IFE PsychologIA : An International Journal - Moral reasoning among Nigerian and northern Irish children : a cross-cultural comparison using the sociomoral reflection measure-short form

Volume 9, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1117-1421



The moral reasoning of 10-11 year old Nigerian children (n=37) was compared to children of the same age (n=48) from Northern Ireland. The research employed the Sociomoral Reflection Measure-Short Form (SRM-SF; Gibbs, Basinger & Fuller, 1992) and assessed the measure's usefulness for cross-cultural research. The results indicated that the Nigerian children scored significantly lower on the SRM-SF. The Nigerian 'moral atmosphere' was suggested as the cause of this result due a greater reliance on unquestioning obedience to religious principles or external authority. The SRM-SF performed suitably in this study, suggesting that the measure is appropriate for further non-Western research, particularly with child samples.

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