Date of Award


Publication Type

Master Thesis

Degree Name




First Advisor

Page, Stewart,


Psychology, Clinical.



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The present study investigated how individuals and romantic couples resolve moral dilemmas and served as an empirical test of Gilligan's (1982) view that men and women use different orientations when resolving moral dilemmas, based on considerations of justice and care, respectively. The role that gender orientation plays in moral orientation was also examined, as was the potential effect of varying the gender of the protagonist of the dilemmas. Participants responded to 4 fictitious dilemmas individually and 1 additional dilemma together with their partners, as a couple. Data was analysed using a 2 (gender of the participant) x 2 (gender of the protagonist) mixed analysis of variance, as well as several bivariate and point-biserial correlations. Overall, the results indicated that there was no significant difference between how men and women resolve moral dilemmas. As well, no observable pattern of responding was found within men and women of a couple. This study did not provide support for Gilligan's (1982) moral orientation theory.Dept. of Psychology. Paper copy at Leddy Library: Theses & Major Papers - Basement, West Bldg. / Call Number: Thesis2002 .A93. Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 41-04, page: 1202. Adviser: Stewart Page. Thesis (M.A.)--University of Windsor (Canada), 2002.