Middle Childhood Moral Development

Middle Childhood Moral Development: The Moral Self

Morality cannot be thoroughly defined without taking into account the individual, cultural and group differences. However, it seems that most of us agree on certain universal human values such as honesty, self-control, concerns for others etc.

A strict but responsive parenting style, which imposes high demands on the child while providing warmth and closeness seem to promote the emergence of morally conscientious individuals. Children seem to simply follow their parent’s strong sense of morality. Parents will ensure the development of the moral self by providing ample opportunity for their children to both witness and practice prosocial behaviors whenever possible.

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