Psychology ocr A2 FORENSIC Moral development

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Turning to Crime; Cognition

Moral development

Kohlberg, in studying the moral development within children, suggested three stages of moral development:

Level 1: Pre conventional Morality

Based on the riles of outside authority and consequences of action

Level 2: Conventional Morality

Authority is internlised and reasoning based on the norms of the group to which you belong, other peoples opinon.

Level 3: Post-conventional Morality

Judgements are based on self chosen priciples and moral reasoning based on individual rights and justice.

Chen and Howitt

300 male adolescent offenders ages 12


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