Moral Development and Reality: Beyond the Theories of Kohlberg and Hoffman explores the nature of moral development, social behavior, and human interconnectedness. By comparing, contrasting, and going beyond the works of pre-eminent theorists Lawrence Kohlberg and Martin Hoffman, author John C. Gibbs addresses fundamental questions: What is morality? Can we speak validly of moral development? Is the moral motivation of behavior primarily a matter of justice or of empathy? Does moral development, including moments of moral inspiration, reflect a deeper reality?   Moral Development and Reality elucidates the full range of moral development from superficial perception to a deeper understanding and feeling through social perspective-taking. Providing case studies and chapter questions, Gibbs creates a unique framework for understanding Kohlberg’s and Hoffman’s influential contributions.    

Treating Antisocial Behavior

Treating antisocial behavior

In 1993, at a juvenile correctional facility in Columbus, Ohio, a group of eight residents and a staff group leader were having a “mutual help” meeting. The focus of the meeting was the problem reported by 15-year-old Mac, one of the group members. Mac had resisted and yelled profanities at a staff member who, in accordance with institutional policy, had begun to inspect his carrying bag. The group and Mac agreed that Mac's defiance and profanity represented, in the language of the program, an “Authority Problem,” but what was the meaning of that problem, its underlying thinking error (cognitive distortion)? In the ensuing discussion, Mac explained that the bag contained something very special and irreplaceable—photos of his grandmother—and that he ...

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