Moral Values in the Context of Adolescent Ideology and Purpose in Life

Authors: 
Matthew C. Andrews

The present study seeks to further discussion on identity through an empirical analysis of clinical interviews conducted with high school seniors about their values, ideologies and purpose in life. A comparative case approach is employed to examine a matrix of how moral values are integrated with multiple domains of the participants’ lives including education, family, religion, career and friends. The analysis reveals 4 levels of integration where moral values: 1) predominantly guide life, 2) are incorporated into many aspects of life, 3) connect to something in life or 4) are not integrated into an ideology.