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Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology

, Volume 4, Issue 3, pp 235–241 | Cite as

The cheating and intention of a partner as determinants of evaluative decisions among juvenile offenders

  • Jeffrey C. Savitsky
  • Roberta Muskin
  • Danita Czyzewski
  • Jerry Eckert
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Abstract

Male juvenile offenders were asked to evaluate the work of an experimental partner (confederate) who completed a work task four times. The work partner cheated on two trials and did not cheat on two trials while working for a charity (one cheat and one noncheat trial) or for selfish gain (one cheat and one noncheat trial). It was found that subjects rated the work done on cheating trials lower than work done on noncheating trials. In addition, subjects shared less reward money on cheating trials relative to noncheating trials. However, the intentions of the confederate, defined as the reward recipient, failed to affect subjects' judgments. These results were described as supporting previous studies which have indicated that delinquents fail to take account of others' intentions when making moral judgments.

Keywords

Moral Judgment Work Task Juvenile Offender Experimental Partner Work Partner 
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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1976

Authors and Affiliations

  • Jeffrey C. Savitsky
    • 1
  • Roberta Muskin
    • 1
  • Danita Czyzewski
    • 1
  • Jerry Eckert
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Psychological SciencesPurdue UniversityWest Lafayette

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