Sat, November 3rd, 02:15 PM
03:00 PM

Justice and Care: How Psychological Factors and Religious Affiliation Impact the Moral Development of Children

Room 703
Lawrence Kohlberg’s psychological theory of moral development (mid-20th century) rested primarily on the notion of “justice.” It was soon followed by Carol Gilligan’s female-centric theory (late 20th century) centered on a “care perspective.” Since then, researchers have investigated the behavioral, cognitive, and emotional underpinnings of moral development in both children and adults. Cultural upbringing and religious affiliation are also being incorporated into recent models. This session will review current views on the development of prosocial behavior in children and explore how the sacred texts, rituals, and practices of various faith traditions might assist in the development of altruism and compassion.