Gender Differences in Moral Sensitivity: A Meta-Analysis

TitleGender Differences in Moral Sensitivity: A Meta-Analysis
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2011
AuthorsYou, D, Maeda, Y, Bebeau, MJ
JournalEthics & Behavior
Volume21
Issue4
Pagination263 - 282
Date Published07/2011
ISSN Number1532-7019
Keywordseducation , Evaluation and Assessment
AbstractThis meta-analysis synthesizes quantitative findings of the gender differences in moral sensitivity retrieved from 19 primary studies. We found the average effect size of 0.25, favoring women, with a standard deviation of 0.14. The variation in the observed effect sizes could not be attributed to differences in participants' educational level, the utilized measure of moral sensitivity, or the publication format in which the study was reported. This suggests that gender differences in moral sensitivity are consistent across different levels of participants' education regardless of the instrument used to assess moral sensitivity or the format in which the research was reported.
DOI10.1080/10508422.2011.585591
Short TitleEthics & Behavior
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