ERIC Number: ED337271
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Apr
Reference Count: 0
The Development of Moral Responsibility in Friendship.
Keller, Monika; Edelstein, Wolfgang
In this study, reasoning about moral responsibilities in friendships on the part of 97 subjects was assessed at the ages of 7, 9, 12, and 15 years. Assessment was undertaken of: (1) general reasoning about the moral obligation of promise keeping; (2) general reasoning about responsibilities in friendship; and (3) situation-specific reasoning about promise keeping and close friendship in a conflict between best friends involving promise keeping. Interview data were collected and analyzed. Results indicated that knowledge about promise keeping develops before a general understanding of closeness in friendship. Promise keeping is used as both a practical and a moral reason in decision making from an early age. Friendship is used as a practical reason from an early age, while its use as a moral reason develops later. There was a marked developmental trend towards establishing consistency between moral judgment and action choice, which peaked at age 15. A list of 15 references is included. (BC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Max-Planck-Inst. for Human Development and Education, Berlin (Germany).
Identifiers: Moral Reasoning; Promises
Note: Paper presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development (Seattle, WA, April 18-20, 1991).