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The Effect of Cognitive Moral Development upon the Selection of Premarital Sexual Standards

Anthony P. Jurich and Julie A. Jurich
Journal of Marriage and Family
Vol. 36, No. 4 (Nov., 1974), pp. 736-741
DOI: 10.2307/350356
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/350356
Page Count: 6
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The Effect of Cognitive Moral Development upon the Selection of Premarital Sexual Standards
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Abstract

A sample of 160 college students from eight different colleges was solicited and tested. Using Kohlberg's method of assessing cognitive moral development and questions about premarital sexual attitudes, the present study discovered a strong relationship between these variables. Subjects with low levels of cognitive moral development chose either traditional morality, the double standard, or permissiveness without affection standard. Those with a moderate degree of cognitive moral development chose permissiveness with affection. Those with a high level of cognitive moral development chose a nonexploitive permissiveness without affection standard. The formulation of premarital sexual standards was discussed and theoretical implications were drawn.

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