Parenting Style and the Development of Moral Reasoning

Lawrence J. Walker, Karl H. Hennig
1999 Journal of Moral Education  
A BSTRACT This paper addresses the polarisation among theoretical perspectives in moral psychology regarding the relative signi® cance of parents and peers in children' s moral development and, in particular, the short shrift given the family context by cognitive± developmental theory. W e contend that parents do play a signi® cant role in this area of their children' s development. Research ® ndings from tw o studies are presented which indicate that parents' interaction styles, ego
more » ... and level of moral reasoning used in discussion are predictive of children' s subsequent moral reasoning development. The ® ndings also illustrate the role of affective factors, in contrast to the contemporary emphasis on moral rationality, and the relevance of real-life dilemmas, in contrast to the paradigmatic reliance on hypothetical dilemmas. Implications of these ® ndings for our understanding of the role of parenting style in children' s moral development and for further research are discussed.
doi:10.1080/030572499103133 fatcat:3em4kaxikngmdorj2tvcfxuldi