Kohlberg and the Structural-Developmental Approach to Moral Psychology

  • Lawrence Walker
Part of the International Library of Ethics, Law, and the New Medicine book series (LIME, volume 21)


Morality has been a difficult, indeed formidable, concept for psychology to handle because of the challenges inherent in the ambiguity of its definition and hence in its appropriate method of investigation. Despite these basic definitional and methodological challenges, morality has been widely recognized as a fundamental and pervasive aspect of human functioning because it refers to one’s basic values and way of life. Our own individual struggles in living the “good” life, the difficulties we sometimes encounter in relating to others, and the moral tensions prevalent in broader society all place morality front-and-center within psychology’s mandate.


Moral Reasoning Parenting Style Moral Development Moral Virtue Moral Psychology 
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