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Running head: KOHLBERG’S MORAL DEVELOPMENT 1Kohlberg’s Moral DevelopmentAntoinette Dent, Alethia Dixon, Clinita Hooker DovePSYCH 600/ UOPMatthew WarrenJanuary 12, 2016
KOHLBERG’S MORAL DEVELOPMENT2This paper is to express to our readers different theories of moral development. Kolberg and Gilligan is the two theorist that we will be explaining and summarizing. An individual according to theorist have different stages of moral reasoning that they go through in their life, and this paper is to examine the thought of social and parental roles that could take place to prompt an individual in their ways of thinking. Kohlberg’s Moral DevelopmentLawrence Kohlberg was the main proponent of the Kohlberg’s theory of moral development. According to the theory, all individuals are born devoid of any ethical abilities. Instead, a child’s first exposure to moral applications occurs within the family. As the child grows and matures so does their ability to interact with others in the environment (Gibbs, 2003). This ability grows with the ability for moral reasoning. According to Kohlberg therefore, a person’s moral behavior develops in stages. He further classified these stages into three general levels each with two different categories.