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KOHLBERG'S MORAL DEVELOPMENT 1Kohlberg's Moral DevelopmentDeeAnna Henry, Keisha Houff, Brandy Lange, Pilar Marzett, Steve Steele, Alyssa ToneyDevelopmental Psychology/600May 2, 2016Ms. Laura Rolen
KOHLBERG'S MORAL DEVELOPMENT 2Kohlberg is Moral DevelopmentThis topic was highly controversial when first suggested in the early 1970s. The fact that you could put moral behavior, the relative likelihood of someone engaging in the ethical conduct,continuing to engage in stronger moral behavior on a mathematical curve and that people are more likely to behave morally consistently once they had established a pattern. Many people question why they were acting the way they were, and it did not sit well with other behaviorists during this time. These theories were highly controversial for the next 12 to 15 years. However, it is a biologically supported fact that if someone behaves themselves honorably one time, then he or she are found to be mathematically more likely to act ethically. This paper will look at all of the many applications of this theory. How it works and the full acceptance today, as well as the ways it has been integrated into the overall field of behavioral psychology and our understandings. Of likelihood, principles of behavioral conduct how it has been connected and reconciled with other major theories. How it can be used in the future to predict the behavior and number of interesting therapeutic ways. Kohlberg’s Theory has three levels of moral stages, with each level having two stages. Level I is Preconventional Level, it is here that children follow rules that adults have in place. Stage one is Punishment and Obedience Orientation. “ The physical consequences of actions determine its goodness or badness, regardless of the meaning or value of these consequences” (Kohlberg & Hersh, 1977). Stage two is the Instrumental- Relativist Orientation. It is when one person will do a favor for someone expecting the same favor in return someday. Level II is Conventional Level; this level is where value is placed on keeping up with expectations that others have. Stage three is Interpersonal Concordance Orientation.This stage sees the individuals desire to have the approval from others. Stage four is the Law and Order Orientation. It is here that individuals will adopt a set of rules that they feel strongly about.