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Lawrence Kohlberg’s stages of moral development is an expansion of Swiss psychologist Jean Piaget psychological theory. Kohlberg’s theory states that moral reasoning is the basis for ethical behavior with six developmental stances, each stage progressing on response to moral dilemmas than the previous stage. “People progress as they develop their moral framework” (Zastrow & Kirst-Ashman, 2016).Kohlberg’s three level six theories consist of Preconventional or Premoral level ages 4 to 10 (punishment and obedience orientation/ Naive, instrumental hedonism), the conventional level ages 10 to 13 (“Good boy- girl morality”/Authority maintaining morality), and Postconventional self-accepted moral principal stage ( morality of
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