Internalization Of Morality

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One of the noteworthy factors that should be focused upon in order to gain insight into why people commit injustice to others or engage in pro social behaviour is “Morality”. Morality is internalised by children at a very early age and one of the factors that facilitate the internalization of moral standards is the socialization techniques utilised by their parents. Socialization is the process through which individuals acquire skills needed to function within their social group through the assistance of others, most notably their parents (Grusec, 2002). Through socialization, the individual internalizes societal norms signs and values.One of the key focus areas of socialization practices employed by parents are the internalization of morality in children. Traditionally morality has been conceived of as “a set of general and decontextualized principles, which orient both individuals’ own conduct and the interpretation of others’ conduct” (Sterponi, 2003). Morality can be regarded in many different ways with sociologists such as Durkheim conceptualising and analyzing morality in terms of customs and rituals (Sterponi, 2003) and psychologists such as Piaget a universal staged interpretation. Parents play a crucial rule in the children’s development of social and moral values. Parents often want their children to value what they themselves personally value. Development of morality has been of particular significance because of its significant contribution to the development of
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