This volume presents a selection of some of the most exciting new perspectives on moral development that have emerged over the last decade and have transformed our understanding of the field.

The contributors to this book cut across traditional boundaries to provide an innovative and integrative approach to fundamental questions dealing with the nature and acquisition of morality. In addressing these questions, the chapters draw on new work on the origins of morality in infancy and the early years, comparative approaches examining morality in primates, new perspectives on moral emotions such as guilt and empathy, and new perspectives on the emerging moral self in childhood and moral identity in adolescence. The book also examines the roles of parenting and culture in children’s and adolescents’ moral development. Each chapter is framed in theory and methodology and provides illustrative examples of new research to address important questions in the field.

This book is essential reading for researchers and advanced undergraduate and postgraduate students studying moral development and developmental psychology. It will also be of interest to academics and professionals in related fields such as education and public policy.

chapter |14 pages


ByCharles C. Helwig

chapter 1|18 pages

Prosociality and Morality in Children and Chimpanzees

ByJan Engelmann, Michael Tomasello

chapter 2|22 pages

Helping, Hitting and Developing

Toward a Constructivist–Interactionist Account of Early Morality
ByAudun Dahl, Talia Waltzer, Rebekkah L. Gross

chapter 3|18 pages

Emotions and Morality

New Developmental Perspectives
ByTina Malti, Sebastian P. Dys, Tyler Colasante, Joanna Peplak

chapter 4|16 pages

Children’s Moral Self as a Precursor of Moral Identity Development

ByTobias Krettenauer

chapter 5|16 pages

Moral Identity Theory and Research

A Status Update
BySam A. Hardy

chapter 6|16 pages

“I Hurt Him”

From Morally Relevant Actions to Moral Development, by Way of Narrative
ByCecilia Wainryb, Monisha Pasupathi

chapter 7|20 pages

Parenting, Morality and Social Development

New Views on Old Questions
ByJudith G. Smetana, Marc Jambon

chapter 8|18 pages

Culture, Autonomy and Rights

ByCharles C. Helwig, Sharon To