Motivation and Emotion

, Volume 1, Issue 2, pp 165–179 | Cite as

Motivational antecedents to maturity of moral judgment

  • Logan Green
  • Michael Haymes


This study was undertaken to examine the independent influences of conative development (the Maslow needs hierarchy) upon aspects of prosocial orientations. It was designed to establish the role of conative development in moral reasoning among high school men at two age levels (sophomores and seniors), controlling for cognitive skills and social role-taking opportunities. As such, it attempts to break new ground in relating motivational constructs to the moral development literature. Conative maturity was found to be a necessary antecedent to attainment of higher level moral reasoning among high school men. Fixation and consolidation of moral reasoning was evidenced in connection with conative fixation among high school seniors. Results are discussed in terms of implications of conative growth for development of prosocial orientations in general and moral reasoning strategies in particular.


Moral Judgment Moral Reasoning Conative Growth Moral Development High School Senior 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Logan Green
    • 1
  • Michael Haymes
    • 2
  1. 1.the Department of Educational Psychology and CounselingUniversity of KentuckyLexington
  2. 2.University of Illinois at Chicago CircleUSA

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