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Conscience Drawing, 14 year old boy: "My conscience is A voice that sounds like that talks to me and tells me what is right and wrong."

Conscience Drawing, 14 year old boy: "My conscience is A voice that sounds like that talks to me and tells me what is right and wrong."

Here will be found resources such as the STILWELL CONSCIENCE INTERVIEW (SCI) used in the original Stilwell Conscience Study.

The focus of the Stilwell Conscience Study was the development and function of the conscience in normal (i.e. non- disadvantaged) children, ages 4-18. Through the use of the SCI, a semi-structured instrument which can be adapted for use with this large age-range of children and adolescents, stages and domains of the developing conscience were discerned, analyzed and reported in several peer-reviewed scholarly articles. The investigators next turned their attention to the effects of maltreatment on young persons of conscience.

Subsequently, the SCI was adapted as a structured instrument (the SSCI) in order to explore the effects of a devastating earthquake in Turkey in 1988. The IU CONSCIENCE PROJECT began to develop clinical applications in conscience sensitive interview technique, conscience sensitive diagnosis and conscience sensitive treatment of psychiatric conditions.

In this division of CONSCIENCE WORKS, there are scholarly articles on the aforementioned topics as well as power point presentations. The power point presentations include an overview of the IU CONSCIENCE PROJECT, one on the implications of a conscience sensitive developmental psychopathological approach to diagnosis of youth typically classified as having conduct disorders and another on the psychobiology of conscience.

Our articles and power point presentations make liberal use of the images of conscience rendered by the young people we have encountered in our research and clinical work.

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