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Michele J. Gelfand, Chi-yue Chiu, and Ying-yi Hong

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780190879228

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190879228.001.0001

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The Cultural-Developmental Approach to Moral Psychology

The Cultural-Developmental Approach to Moral Psychology

Autonomy, Community, and Divinity Across Cultures and Ages

(p.107) Chapter 3 The Cultural-Developmental Approach to Moral Psychology
Handbook of Advances in Culture and Psychology, Volume 7

Lene Arnett Jensen

Oxford University Press

This chapter details the cultural-developmental approach to moral psychology. This conceptual framework lays out life-course “templates” for the three Ethics of Autonomy, Community, and Divinity. These life course trajectories are not fixed but accommodate to cultural variability by addressing: (1) whether or not an Ethic emerges, (2) when it emerges, and (3) the slope and specific characteristics of its development. As described, the formulation of the cultural-developmental approach was based on a large body of long-standing research findings, as well as research with religiously conservative and liberal groups divided by the so-called “culture wars.” Recent research has also extended the cultural-developmental hypotheses and validated new measures of the three Ethics. The conclusion proposes future research directions for moral psychology, and the application of the conceptual idea of cultural-developmental templates to other areas of psychology.

Keywords:   Key Words: cultural-developmental approach, moral, template, culture, culture wars, life course, ethics, autonomy, community, divinity

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