Title: An adjusted version of Kohlberg's moral theory: discussion of its validity for research in nursing ethics
Authors: Dierckx de CasterlĂ©, Bernadette ×
Roelens, A
Gastmans, Chris #
Issue Date: Apr-1998
Series Title: Journal of advanced nursing vol:27 issue:4 pages:829-35
Abstract: Critics of Kohlberg's moral theory today focus on the content of his theory and more specifically on its justice-orientated moral concept. This has led to the well-known 'justice-care debate'. The purpose of this article is to critically examine the validity of Kohlberg's moral theory for research in nursing ethics from a caring perspective (referring to the content) as well as from a cognitive-structural perspective (referring to the basic assumptions of the model). The analysis points to the usefulness and value of the cognitive-structural model to empirically study nurses' ethical behaviour; the content of Kohlberg's model, however, needs to be adapted by adding a caring perspective as well as some personal and situational variables. An adjusted version of Kohlberg's model is proposed and discussed.
ISSN: 0309-2402
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Academic Centre for Nursing and Midwifery
Interfaculty Centre for Biomedial Ethics and Law
× corresponding author
# (joint) last author

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