HCBE Theses and Dissertations
A COMPARATIVE ANALYSIS OF THE MORAL DEVELOPMENT OF EMERGENCY PERSONNEL BASED ON THE DEFINING ISSUES TEST
Date of Award
Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)
H. Wayne Huizenga School of Business and Entrepreneurship
Pedro F Pellet
Utilizing Lawrence Kohlberg's cognitive moral development theory as the guiding theory, the research undertaken sought to explore the moral decision-making process of emergency planners in the state of Florida. To assess the quantitative measurement for moral judgment, the research applied and used the Defining Issues Test (DIT) developed by James Rest (1979).
The research examined the relationship between education, gender, age, and ethics training against the moral maturity of Florida emergency planners. With ethical maturity level as the dependent variable, analysis showed a significant difference between males and females, where females had higher postconventional scores than males regardless of educational levels. Also interesting was that postconventional scores for males rose as educational levels rose. However, there was no significant difference revealed between postconventional scores when age and ethics training were the independent variables. The results of this research may have significant implications for organizations before, during, and after a disaster. While empirical research has shown that higher education is positively associated with higher levels of cognitive moral development, the research has shown that it may only apply to males.
Romeo Balagtas Lavarias. 2013. A COMPARATIVE ANALYSIS OF THE MORAL DEVELOPMENT OF EMERGENCY PERSONNEL BASED ON THE DEFINING ISSUES TEST. Doctoral dissertation. Nova Southeastern University. Retrieved from NSUWorks, H. Wayne Huizenga School of Business and Entrepreneurship. (58)