Values that it is morally unjust for teenagers living

have been a part of human existence since time immemorial. While navigating our
social environment as children, we internalize these values, processing and
reviewing them throughout our lives.Although these value systems are firmly
held, they are subject to fresh inspection by each new generation, resulting in
alteration of the norms. Research has shown that the environment children grow
up in has a significant impact upon their moral development. In accordance with
this finding,we conducted a
descriptive research to find out the impact of rural and urban subculture on
the moral development of adolescents (16-19 years of age). Data was collected
through convenience sampling by administering the Moral Foundations
Questionnaire(MFQ-30 by Jesse Graham, Jonathan Haidt, and Brian
Nosek, 2008) and conducting a
short semi-structured interview on 100 individuals, half of whom belonged to
rural areas and the other half belonged to urban localities. The aforementioned
categories included equal number of male and female subjects. The criteria for
identifying ruraland urban adolescents included families with an income lower
than Rs. 20,000 and higher than Rs. 50,000per month respectively.The purpose of
conducting this research was to find out how culture influences moral
development, which in turn creates an impact on the relationships and behavior
of adolescents.Dimensions of the scale were analyzedwhichrevealed that relative
to rural adolescents, urban adolescents were more inclined towards being
authoritative and were less likely to engage in groupthink. Rural adolescents
believe that it is morally unjust for teenagers living in urban societies to
inherit huge amount of wealth. It wasfound that both categories believe it is
immoral to cause physical as well as psychological harm to someone. Results
also suggest that adolescents with strong moral convictions against substance
abuse and high-risk sexual acts were less likely to engage in such behavior. These
findings have important implications for adolescents and their understanding of
moral development.In line with the purpose, the applications of our research
are improving interpersonal relationships and decreasing maladaptive behavior
such as violence among adolescents.