Title

Adolescent Moral Development

Document Type

Book Chapter

Publication Date

2011

Publication Source

Encyclopedia of Adolescence

Volume

1

Inclusive pages

48-55

Publisher

Academic Press

Place of Publication

San Diego, CA

Peer Reviewed

yes

Abstract

This chapter reviews the literature on theories of moral development, adolescent changes in moral reasoning and related behaviors, moral emotions (empathy, guilt and shame), and multiple interacting systems (culture, family, and peers) that shape the development of moral reasoning and behavior during adolescence. Associations between moral development and adolescent adjustment are discussed, as well as socialization influences. Much of the literature on moral development to date has focused on childhood, whereas research on adolescent moral development has focused more so on moral identity and civic engagement. An overview of this research is provided. The chapter concludes with a discussion of moral education programs and potential applications of research findings.

This Encyclopedia was the recipient of the 2011 PROSE award for the best multi-volume reference in humanities or social science.

Keywords

moral behavior, moral reasoning, moral identity, empathy, guilt, justice moral reasoning, prosocial behavior, sympathy, socialization

Disciplines

Developmental Psychology | Education | Social Psychology

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