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Moral decision-making and moral development: Toward an integrative framework

Garrigan, Beverley, Adlam, Anna L.R., Langdon, Peter E. (2018) Moral decision-making and moral development: Toward an integrative framework. Developmental Review, 49 . pp. 80-100. ISSN 0273-2297. (doi:10.1016/j.dr.2018.06.001) (KAR id:67193)

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How moral decision-making occurs, matures over time and relates to behaviour is complex. To develop a full picture of moral decision-making, moral development and moral behaviour it is necessary to understand: (a) how real-time moral decisions are made (including relevant social and contextual factors), (b) what processes are required to develop to enable mature moral decisions, (c) how these processes develop over time, and (d) how moral decisions relate to behaviour. In this paper, psychological and social neuroscience theories of moral decision-making and development are briefly reviewed, as is the development of relevant component processes. Various component processes and factors are seen as required for moral decision-making and development, yet there is no comprehensive framework incorporating these components into one explanation of how real-time moral decisions are made and mature. In this paper, we integrated these components into a new framework based on social information processing (SIP) theory. Situational factors, and how both cognitive and affective process guide moral decisions was incorporated into the Social Information Processing-Moral Decision-Making (SIP-MDM) framework, drawing upon theories and findings from developmental psychology and social neuroscience. How this framework goes beyond previous SIP models was outlined, followed by a discussion of how it can explain

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1016/j.dr.2018.06.001
Uncontrolled keywords: Moral decision-making, moral development, moral reasoning, perspective taking, social information processing
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Divisions > Division for the Study of Law, Society and Social Justice > School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research > Tizard
Funders: Organisations -1 not found.
Depositing User: Peter Langdon
Date Deposited: 04 Jun 2018 09:21 UTC
Last Modified: 10 Dec 2022 05:45 UTC
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