March 23, 2021
© Georg Lind
Scoring and Validating
Consult these sources for more details:
When other statistical program are used, the script must be adapted.
The calculation of the C-score must be thoroughly checked for errors. To check the correctness of your analyses, these checks have proven to be helpful:
Four criteria for validity Checks:
If your data deviate from any of these criteria, you should be warned and thoroughly search for possible causes of these deviations.
These are some of the major sources of error I have seen:
What the pattern of responses to the MCT say about the level of moral competence ... more
Please read carefully the literature on the MCT:
Add up the responses to the four arguments for each moral orientation and divide the sum by 4. This gives you the mean acceptability of a certain type of moral orientation. (The summation is already part of the calculation of the C-score.)
In most studies, these findings are depicted as a profile, whereby the Y-axis contains the Mean Acceptability (ranging from -4 to +4) and the X-axis contains the Six Types of Moral Orientation (sensu Kohlberg)::
Theses profiles show which moral orientation people value positively and which negatively, or neutrally. We assume that all six moral orientations can play a role in a person's decision-making, that is, that most people are oriented toward more than one moral principle (which is one of the reasons why we can get trapped into a moral dilemma). Aside from this, the question is to what degree a person takes moral consideration in account when making a decision. This question can be answered by the C-score (below).