How Violent Youth Offenders and Typically Developing Adolescents Construct Moral Agency in Narratives About Doing Harm

Part of the Advancing Responsible Adolescent Development book series (ARAD)


Experiences that involve having harmed another person tend to compel individuals to consider their own behavior in light of their understandings of right and wrong, thereby serving as an important context and source of moral development. Although this process begins in early childhood, adolescents become quite preoccupied with the type of person they want to become and are thus likely to be most fully engaged in constructing a sense of themselves as moral agents.


Normative Sample Moral Agent Moral Development Violent Youth Delinquent Adolescent 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Cecilia Wainryb
    • 1
  • Masha Komolova
    • 1
  • Paul Florsheim
    • 1
  1. 1.University of UtahSalt Lake CityUSA

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