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What are the three approaches to moral development?

1) Psychoanalytic : Role of the moral emotions (shame, guilt, pride)
-Freud, Erikson
2) Behaviourist: Role of reinforcements and punishments
-Skinner, Bandura
3) Cognitive developmentalist: Role of moral reasoning (thinking about “right” and “wrong”)
-Piaget, Kohlberg


What are the 3 components of Freud’s psychosexual theory of development? Explain them

1) ego: logical, rational component
2) id: bad, irrational ideas
3) superego: moral role between the two, provide us with punishment if we don’t behave morally in the way our parents and our culture expect us to behave


According to Freud’s psychosexual theory of development, the superego is developed at the end of the _____ stage. (age 4 or 5)

phallic stage : you have to identify with same sex parent to develop superego


What are the two components of the superego?

1) conscience (no lying, cheating, hitting) -> guilt (we will be punished = feel guilty, if we don’t follow the rules)
2) ego ideal -> shame (if we fail to meet ideals then we feel shame, more general feeling than guilt, general sense of failing to live up to code of ethics that I was supposed to live up to)


What did Erikson add to Freud's psychosexual theory of development? What component did he add to the superego?

-Erikson liked Freudian theory but not unconscious stuff
-he changed basic structure of how personality develops (learn things directly from both parents rather than internalizing them into your superego)
-agrees that you get punished by negative emotions like Freud described
-important role for positive emotions
-adds pride to superego components (proud of stealing something in a grocery store)
-punished or rewarded by behaving morally or immorally


What is the Skinner approach to moral behaviour?

-moral behaviours are the result of operant conditioning experiences
-rewards and punishments
-consequences for our behaviour teaches us to become moral actors


What is the problem with punishing individuals in the wrong way (ex: hitting a child)?

- it really scares them but they don’t remember what it was that was wrong (they only remember not to do it around their parents, not in general)
-Inappropriate punishments teach the wrong lesson
-Punishment can still be effective if right lesson is taught: Should instead talk about what they did and why it is wrong


Explain Bandura’s social-learning theory approach

-Vicarious rewards and punishments: learn through other people, how you see others behave and how others get rewarded/punished
ex: If we see a kid steal a candy bar and get punished for it then we see that its not a good thing to do, if we see them get away with it then we think it’s a good thing


Moral reasoning: what is the cognitive approach? What does it depend on?

-process of making judgments about the “rightness” or “wrongness” of specific acts
-depends on cognitive development: egocentrism, centering, abstract thought


According to the textbook, what is Piaget's model of moral development (a cognitive approach)?

-Stage 1: (2-4yos) premoral: having not yet developed moral sensibility.
-Stage 2: (5-7yos) moral realism; believe that rules are created by adults and must be followed/can’t be changed. This is heteronomous morality – absolute rules handed down by another. Also, children believe in immanent justice – breaking a rule always leads to punishment.
-Stage 3: (8-10yos) moral relativism: understanding that rules are created by people to help them get along. They now have autonomous morality; morality based more on free will. Children now understand reasons for rules and begin to pay more attention to consequences and intentions.


According to the textbook, when does self-control emerge? At about __ yos, toddlers have internalized some of the controls imposed by others and are capable of some SC in their parents’ absence. At about _ yos, children become capable of self-regulation; they can devise ways to control their own behaviour.

-emerges in infancy and gradually improves during the preschool years.
-2, 3


According to the textbook, what is inductive reasoning in terms of teaching self-control?

-inducing the child to reason, to think for him or herself about the situation.
- form of discipline more likely to lead to moral development


Give a general explanation of Kohlberg's theory of moral development (a cognitive approach):

-he created many stories involving moral dilemmas and was more interested in reasoning than outcome.
-built on Piaget’s approach of cognition and his proposal that this occurred in a stage-like progression.
-He analyzed children’s, adolescents’ and adults’ responses and identified 3 levels of moral reasoning, each divided into two stages.


In terms of Kohlberg's theory of moral development, what is the first stage and its 2 substages?

-Preconventional level: For most children, many adolescents, and some adults, moral reasoning is controlled almost solely by obedience to authority and by rewards and punishments.
-Stage 1: Punishment and Obedience Orientation – people believe that adults know what is right and wrong.
-Stage 2: Self-Interest Orientation – Doesn’t matter if its right or wrong, all depends on how it interacts with MY life


In terms of Kohlberg's theory of moral development, what is the second stage and its 2 substages?

-Conventional level: for most adolescents and adults, moral decision making is based on social norms – what is expected by others.
-Stage 3: Interpersonal Relationships – Concern for other people, Motivation determines morality
-Stage 4: Maintaining Social Order– Concern for society as a whole, Cultural-level obedience determines morality


In terms of Kohlberg's theory of moral development, what is the third stage and its 2 substages?

-Postconventional level: for some adults, typically those older than 25, moral decisions are based on personal, moral principles.
-Stage 5: Social Contract Orientation – Adults agree that a good society protects members’ basic rights and if it doesn’t then there is questioning of inadequate conventional laws BUT democratic processes must be adhered to
-Stage 6: Universal Ethnic Principles – Accept that the quest for social justice can force you to break with
conventional rules AND ALSO with democratic processes


True or False: the bases of moral reasoning are not universal as Kohlberg claimed instead, they reflect cultural values.



According to the textbook, going beyond Kohlberg’s Theory, what is Gilligan’s Ethic of Caring?

-The questions of whether there are definite male-female differences in moral reasoning
- a comprehension meta-analysis conducted which included 113 studies with more than 12000 participants.
-Overall, males tended to get slightly higher scores on problems that emphasized justice and females tended to get slightly higher scores on problems that emphasized caring.
-But the differences were small, most people think about moral issues it terms of both justice and caring


More research on moral development by Kohlberg: Colby, Kohlberg, et al. (1983): Dominant Reasoning Stage by Age. Explain this longitudinal study

-Followed Boys for 20 years (age 10 to age 34)
-Stage one moral reasoning is gone by mid teens
-Stage 2 is predominant in 10 year olds, slowly going away into adulthood, gets replaced by stage 3 in the teen years
-By mid to late teens, thinking in terms of interpersonal relationships is the dominant form of moral reasoning
-Stage 4 takes over in the twenties
-If someone is between pre-conventional and conventional, they will go back and forth but eventually will fall on one side or the other


More research on moral development: Walker et al. (1987): Dominant Reasoning Stage by Age. Explain the results

-boys and girls (ages 6, 9, 12, 15) and their parents
- there are people who are between stages
-even in parents, its rare to achieve stage 4 (most parents are stuck in 3 -4 area)


The stages of Kohlberg's theory of moral development occurs in sequence and that is supported by a study done by Snarey on 27+ cultures. BUT Miller & Bersoff compared moral judgments of americans and hindu indians at grade 3, grade 7 and university and found what? Explain the experiment and give results

-Moral dilemma (scenario)
-2 behavioural options (one at stage 3 (interpersonal option) and one at stage 4(Maintaining Social Order))
-if stage 3 option is chosen, you violate stage 4 thinking and vice versa
-hindus are choosing stage 3 and americans are choosing stage 4
-different cultures are focusing in on different types of values
-cultural differences in highest stage achieved and most common reasoning type


How does moral Reasoning Develop?

Cognitive milestones:
-need concrete operations to use conventional reasoning: (theory of mind, decentration), thinking about more than just one consequence at once
-need formal operations to use post-conventional reasoning: (abstract thought, contrary-to-fact reasoning)
Social environment: need opportunities to discuss moral issues, disequilibrium -> equilibrium


How does moral Reasoning Develop? Link to Moral behaviour: Explain what Schonert-Reichl (1999) found

-correlational research
-Found significant positive correlations between stage of moral reasoning and prosocial behaviour (the higher the stage, the more you’ll do to help others)
-Higher moral reasoning level = less likely to harm someone
-Higher moral reasoning = less likely to accept violence as appropriate behaviour


According to the textbook, what is prosocial behaviour?

Actions that benefit others


According to the textbook, _____ is prosocial behaviour that helps another with no expectations of direction benefit to the helper.



According to the textbook, simple acts of altruism can be seen by __ mos.



How does moral Reasoning Develop? Link to Moral behaviour: Explain Gregg et al. (1994) study on delinquents

-Delinquent teenager moral reasoning is compared to that of control group (non-delinquent teens)
-NOT about these 3 things: Intelligence, social economic status, education
-20% of delinquents achieved conventional reasoning
-more than 50% of control teens were conventional or higher (progressing more normally)
-high correlation between moral reasoning and moral behaviours


How does moral Reasoning Develop? Link to Moral behaviour: Explain Kohlberg’s (1975) cheaters study

-uni students do an intelligence task (if you do bad, you feel stupid)
-Leave the room, they have the opportunity to cheat
-Timed task, buzzer was going to go off and researcher had to leave but participant knows that they’re supposed to stop when buzzer goes off
-13-15% of post-conventional people cheated (correlation between MR and MB)
-50% of conventional people cheated (wiggle room in correlation)
-most of pre-conventional people cheated (correlation)


According to the textbook, what are the 3 skills that underlie prosocial behaviour?

1) Perspective taking – Egocentrism limits younger children. Older children can do this, so they recognize the burden and are more inclined to help.
2) Empathy – Children who feel another person’s feelings are more inclined to help than are children who don’t feel these emotions.
3) Moral reasoning – In young children its determined by the chance of reward or punishment. As children begin to make moral decisions, they become more prosocial.


According to the textbook, the setting helps determine whether children act altruistically or not. What are the four factors that contribute to this?

-Feelings of responsibility – when they feel responsible to the person in need.
-Feelings of competence – when they feel that they have the kills necessary to help the person
-Mood – when they are happy or feeling successful but not when they are sad or feeling as if they have failed.
-Cost of altruism - when it entails a few or modest sacrifices.


It is argued that there is some sort of genetic basis for personality. Discuss Thomas and Cress' temperament study. What is the problem with it?

-first major classification system
-easy baby (40% of babies): happy, good sleep cycles, adjust well to change, generally positive mood state
-difficult baby (10% of babies): don’t like new things, don’t form good routines (sleep, food cycles), cry more
-slow-to-warm-up baby (15% of babies): if you give new things, they won’t really resist too much, wishy washy about new things, passive resistance to new things, low intensity reactions all around
-problem with classification system here, we can’t explain the remaining 35% of babies-> Environmental influences on temperament?


Stability of temperament: Explain the “Big Five” kids personality traits

-Activity level: tendency to move more and move vigorously compared to the tendency to be less mobile
-Positive emotionality: How positively do you approach new things
-Negative emotionality : General outlook of worry
-Inhibition/Anxiety: Shyness, Tendency to respond to fear, withdraw from new people/objects/situations
-Effortful control: Marshmallow test


Stability of temperament: Explain the “Big Five” adults personality traits

-Extraversion : more likely to jump out a plane to skydive than introvert
-Extraversion, Agreeableness : Get along with people well
-Introversion, Openness, Neuroticism : having more worry than other people, Experience more frequent negative emotions, Shyness, keeping away from new experiences all the time
-Conscientiousness, agreeableness, openness : Mature marshmallow test (joke)


Stability temperament: Which ones are matched correctly? If you find errors, correct them.
1) Activity level->Conscientiousness, agreeableness, openness
2) Positive emotionality->Extraversion, Agreeableness
3) Negative emotionality->Introversion, Openness, Neuroticism
4) Inhibition/Anxiety ->Neuroticism
5) Effortful control->Extraversion

Correct answers:
1) Activity level->Extraversion
2) Positive emotionality->Extraversion, Agreeableness
3) Negative emotionality-> Neuroticism
4) Inhibition/Anxiety ->Introversion, Openness, Neuroticism
5) Effortful control->Conscientiousness, agreeableness, openness


According to the textbook, one of the biggest obstacles in prosocial behaviour is ?



According to the textbook, what is instrumental aggression?

-a child uses aggression to achieve an explicit goal. (ex: This would include shoving another child in order to get to the head of a lunch line etc. )


According to the textbook, what is hostile aggression?

its unprovoked; apparently, its sole goal is to intimidate, harass, or humiliate another child.


According to the textbook, what is reactive aggression?

-one child’s behaviour leads to another child’s aggression. ex: a child who loses a game and then punches the child who won.


According to the textbook, instrumental, hostile and reactive aggression are most likely expressed physically in younger children. As they get older, they more often use language to express their aggression. A particularly common form of verbal aggression is relational aggression, what is it?

children try to hurt others by undermining their social relationships.


According to the textbook, what is socialized aggression?

aggression that is expected within a situation – for example a hockey fight.


According to the textbook, Mary K Rothbart came up with a theory of temperament that includes three dimensions. What are they?

1) Surgency/extraversion – refers to the extent to which a child is generally happy, active, vocal, and regularly seeks interesting stimulation
2) Negative affect – refers to the extent to which a child is angry, fearful, frustrated, shy and not easily soothed
3) Effortful control – refers to the extent to which a child can focus attention, is not readily distracted and can inhibit responses.