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date: 22 July 2019

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Morality is an extremely broad and yet nuanced topic and field of development, with a multitude of factors that are thought to contribute to moral behavior. Although an exhaustive review is outside the scope of this chapter, the author examines the broad areas of moral cognition, moral emotion, moral identity, and prosocial behavior with a particular emphasis on how these aspects of morality are characterized during emerging adulthood. The chapter asserts that moral development is alive, well, and developing during the third decade of life. Perhaps because of the salient focus on negative aspects of development, our understanding of moral development during emerging adulthood is relatively underdeveloped, especially from a developmental framework and outside of a college student population. Thus, multiple suggestions for future directions in the area of moral development during emerging adulthood are discussed throughout.

Keywords: Moral development, morality, moral cognition, moral emotion, moral identity, prosocial behavior, emerging adulthood

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