Sociomoral Reasoning in Children and Adolescents from Two Collectivist Cultures

Lopez-Perez, B. and Gummerum, M and Keller, M. and Filippova, E and Gordillo, M.V. (2014) Sociomoral Reasoning in Children and Adolescents from Two Collectivist Cultures. Europan Journal of Developmental Psychology, 12 (2). pp. 204-219. ISSN 1740-5629

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This study compared the sociomoral reasoning of 7-, 9-, 12-, and 15-year-old children and adolescents of two collectivistic cultures in the 1990s: Spain (horizontal collectivism; N = 208) and Russia (vertical collectivism; N = 247). Participants reasoned about choices and moral justifications of a protagonist in a sociomoral dilemma where participants can focus on different moral and non-moral concerns (e.g., going with their best friend, going with a new classmate or trying to do something with both). Results support previous research in western societies: Participants tend to choose the option “visiting the best friend”, and self-interest tends to decrease with age whereas altruism tends to increase. Moreover, Spanish participants tended to consider all parties involved in the dilemma (i.e., old friend and new classmate), whereas Russian participants did not. These results are discussed in light of their differences as horizontal and vertical collectivistic societies. Overall, the results open an avenue for new studies when comparing the effects of culture on children’s and adolescents’ development.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information and Comments: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in the European Journal of Developmental Psychology on 15th December 2014, available online:
Keywords: Friendship, Moral Reasoning, Culture.
Faculty / Department: Faculty of Science > Psychology
Depositing User: Belen Lopez-Perez
Date Deposited: 07 Jun 2017 10:58
Last Modified: 07 Jun 2017 10:58

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