Turning To Crime – What Are The Causes of Criminal Behaviour?
2.2 Moral Development & Crime
Morals are a set of norms and values which we usually learn from our parents.
These norms allow us to distinguish between what is right and wrong.
In the UK criminal responsibility is 10 and so children over 10 are judged to clearly know the difference between right and wrong.
Kohlberg (1963) Moral development in children
Kohlberg was heavily influenced by the work of Piaget – he also believed that children's cognition developed through stages.
his research involved presenting groups of boys with moral dilemmas and then asking them questions about them.
Aims of the Study:
To find evidence in support of a progression through stages of moral development.
258 working and middle class boys From Chicago.
Aged 7, 10, 13 and 16
Study was repeated in UK, Mexico, Taiwan, uSA, and Yucatan.
They were given a two hour interview with 10 dilemmas to…