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Moral behavior and the development of verbal regulation.

Authors
  • Hayes, S C
  • Gifford, E V
  • Hayes, G J
Type
Published Article
Journal
The Behavior analyst / MABA
Publication Date
Jan 01, 1998
Volume
21
Issue
2
Pages
253–279
Identifiers
PMID: 22478311
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

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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