Moral Behavior and the Development of Verbal Regulation

Steven C. Hayes, Elizabeth V. Gifford, & Gregory J. Hayes
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Hayes, S. C., Gifford, E. V., & Hayes, G. J. (1998). Moral behavior and the development of verbal regulation. The Behavior Analyst, 21(2), 253-279.

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The present paper examines the relationship between the development of moral behavior and the development of verbal regulatory processes. Relational frame theory and the distinctions among pliance, tracking, and augmenting forms of rule governance are applied to the domain of moral behavior and its development, in order to identify the specific social and verbal contingencies that are responsible for an evolving moral repertoire. It is argued that moral behavior is controlled by relational and rule-following repertoires, and that these can be arranged into a rough progression: pliance, tracking, augmenting, social concern for pliance, social concern for tracking, and social concern for augmenting. Congruence with data derived from other research traditions is examined, and applied implications are explored.

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    Hard to read and answer questions on it. May be useful information but difficult presentation

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    Difficult to read. But a great learning opportunity.

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    There were times it was hard to follow, but the content was interesting and well-informed.

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    Very interesting read on a concept I haven’t studied previously

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    pretty confusing but still effective

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