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date: 29 October 2020

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This chapter draws on a myriad of theoretical backgrounds and past research as a comprehensive foundation for discussion that focuses on how family members (e.g., parents, siblings, extended family) are important in the socialization of diverse aspects of moral development (e.g., emotions, cognitions, behaviors) and how these moral outcomes in turn influence family relationships. The majority of research focuses on how parents, especially mothers, influence the development of morality, whereas a paucity of research exists that analyzes the influence of siblings and extended family on moral development. Some areas of moral development are better developed (e.g., moral emotions and behaviors) and others remain relatively less explored (e.g., moral identity). At the conclusion of the chapter, avenues for future research are discussed.

Keywords: family, moral development, moral reasoning, moral values, moral emotions, moral identity, parenting

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