This book focuses on the structure and development of conscience, a subject that has been dominant in developmental psychology since the 18th century. International experts in the field contribute to this broad overview of the relevant research on the development of moral emotions and on the Kohlbergian-originated cognitive aspects of moral development.
The first section of the book focuses on the cultural conditions that create the context for the development of conscience, such as moral philosophy, religion, and media violence. Building on the theory and research on emotion, other chapters cover issues including the development of shame, self regulation and moral conduct, social cognition, and models of guilt. The book also covers moral reasoning, moral identity, moral atmosphere, moral behavior, and discusses subjects such as lying, how to measure moral development, the impact of parenting, the dysfunctions of conscience evident in narcissism, psychopathy, issues surrounding gender, and aggression.
The Development and Structure of Conscience will be ideal reading for researchers and students of developmental and educational psychology.
"Any prospective student of conscience will need this comprehensive and cutting-edge volume. Its important contributions address all facets of this complex phenomenon." – John C Gibbs, Department of Psychology, The Ohio State University USA
W. Koops, D. Brugman, T.J. Ferguson, A.F. Sanders, Preface. W. Koops, D. Brugman, T.J. Ferguson, The Development of Conscience: Concepts, Theoretical and Empirical Approaches: An Introduction. Part 1. Theoretical and Cultural Historical Notions on Conscience. B. Musschenga, Moral Violations and the Ordinary Moral Person. J.M. Day, Conscience: Does Religion Matter? Empirical Studies of Religious Elements in Pro-Social Behaviour, Prejudice, Empathy Development and Moral Decision-Making. T.J. Ferguson, Like Snowflakes and Memories: Affective, Cognitive and Concets of Conscience in the Middle and Later Childhood. Part 2. Moral Reasoning. D. Brugman, Moral Reasoning Competence and the Moral Judgement-Action Discrepancy in Young Adolescents. M.S. de Wolff, D. Brugman, Moral Atmosphere and Moral Behaviour: A Study into the Role of Adolescents’ Perception of Moral Atmosphere for Antisocial Behaviour. J. Boom, Measuring Moral Development: Stages as Markers Along a Latent Developmental Dimension. Part 3. Social Emotions. T.J. Ferguson, H.L. Eyre, Reconciling Interpersonal Versus Responsibility Based Models of Guilt. M. Meerum Terwogt, T. Olthof, C. Rieffe, Children’s Feelings and Evaluations about Altruistic and Self-Serving Lies. S. Thomaes, H. Stegge, T. Olthof, Does Shame Bring Out the Worst in Narcissists? On Moral Emotions and Immoral Behaviours. B.J. Bushman, J. Chandler, L.R. Huesmann, Do Violent Media Numb our Consciences? M. Keller, A. Brandt, G. Sigurdardottir, "Happy" and "Unhappy" Victimizers: The Development of Moral Emotions from Chil...