Date of Award

Spring 2016

Document Type


Primary Advisor

Dr. Jeremy Cummings


This study compared two groups of college students, resident assistants and non-resident assistants, on their increases in moral development assessed by the Sociomoral Reflective Objective Measure ñ Short Form (SROM-SF), a moral judgment measure. The study utilized a pre-test/post-test design. Participants were recruited through in-person communication, classroom presentations, or email. Participants responded to the SROM-SF on an online version in the beginning of a fall semester and completed the same online version of the measure again at the end of that fall semester. Results indicated that the RAs exhibited a greater increase in SROM-SF scores over the course of the semester than non-RAs. These findings suggest that RA experiences may contribute positively to the moral development of college students.