Do More Androgynous Self-Images Lead to Higher Levels of Moral Development?

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Do More Androgynous Self-Images Lead to Higher Levels of Moral Development? Throughout our lives we undergo many developmental changes. Two developmental areas of interest are self image and moral development. As we move through the developmental stages, the way we interpret sex roles and our self-image according to those changes, as does the way we interpret moral dilemmas. There are several theories that claim different forms of development parallel with our sex role self-concept (i.e Loevinger’s ego development theory. Leahy & Eiter, 1980). Our sex role self-concept may also parallel the development of post conventional moral thinking; meaning that those who are more androgynous will have higher post conventional moral thinking as…show more content…
The high school subjects were given 30 minutes to complete the BSRI and took the DIT in two sittings, whereas the college students did both the BSRI and DIT in one 45 minute session (Leahy & Eiter, 1980). The scores on the BSRI were then analyzed for androgyny and disparities among real and ideal self-images. These were then correlated with DIT scores to see if higher androgyny correlated with higher post conventional thinking. Leahy and Eiter (1980) found that among the 13 and 17 year old girls more post conventional use was related to a more masculine real self image and less disparity between their feminine self-images. For females at all the ages, higher moral judgment was associated with either of the self-images having opposite sex characteristics/more androgyny (Leahy & Eiter, 1980). It appeared that only when males got to college did higher post conventional scores correlate with low disparity between real and ideal feminine self-image (Leahy & Eiter, 1980). The general pattern also showed that masculine traits became the most desirable for both males and college age females (Leahy & Eiter, 1980). While Leahy and Eiter’s study was well constructed there are a few limitations to it. For one their study consisted of white, middle-class individuals. While this may limit some variables that could skew the results, not including individuals of

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