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ERIC Number: ED261803
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Jun
Pages: 18
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Reasoning about Promise-Keeping: The Early Development of Interpersonal-Moral Concern.
Keller, Monika; Edelstein, Wolfgang
Fifteen boys and 15 girls were interviewed during their seventh, ninth, and twelfth years about a friendship dilemma in which the protagonist had to decide whether to keep a promise given to a friend or to accept an invitation from a third child. Interviews assessed descriptive and prescriptive aspects of the differentiation and coordination of perspectives with regard to various components of social and moral cognition. These components include thinking about: (1) action choice (or choices) and motivating reasons; (2) consequences of the violation of interpersonal-moral obligations for those concerned, including the self; (3) the regulation of such consequences; and (4) the evaluation of action-choices in terms of moral rightness. Three developmental levels of interpersonal-moral awareness were constructed on the basis of these components. Results provide evidence that children's concepts of morality are part of their understanding of actions, persons, and relationships. At the first two levels, the reasons for action and moral evaluation were clearly distinct from those derived in the context of Kohlbergian dilemmas. Marked agreement was found between Kohlberg's Stage 3 reasoning and what was characterized in this study as level 3 interpersonal-moral awareness. (RH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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