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Upton I 125
Morality/Turiel/TurielVsKohlberg/Upton:. In his domain theory, Turiel (1983)(1) argues that the child’s concepts of morality and social convention develop from the recognition that certain actions or behaviours are intrinsically harmful and that these are therefore different from other actions that have social consequences only. For example, hitting another person has intrinsic effects (the harm that is caused) on the well-being of the other person. Such intrinsic effects occur regardless of any social rules that may or may not be in place concerning hitting. The core features of moral cognition are therefore centred around thinking about the impact of
Upton I 126
actions on well-being, and morality is structured by concepts of harm, welfare and fairness.
In contrast, actions that are matters of social convention have no intrinsic interpersonal consequences. Cf. >Morality/Kohlberg, >Conventions/Turiel.


1. Turiel, E (1983) The Development of Social Knowledge: Morality and convention. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.


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Turiel, Elliot
Upton I
Penney Upton
Developmental Psychology 2011


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