We greatly appreciate Ryan Funk for his assistance editing and improving the clarity of this manuscript.
Moral Identity: What Is It, How Does It Develop, and Is It Linked to Moral Action?
Article first published online: 15 JUL 2011
© 2011 The Authors. Child Development Perspectives © 2011 The Society for Research in Child Development
Child Development Perspectives
Volume 5, Issue 3, pages 212–218, September 2011
How to Cite
Hardy, S. A. and Carlo, G. (2011), Moral Identity: What Is It, How Does It Develop, and Is It Linked to Moral Action?. Child Development Perspectives, 5: 212–218. doi: 10.1111/j.1750-8606.2011.00189.x
Gustavo Carlo is now in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies at the University of Missouri.
- Issue published online: 9 AUG 2011
- Article first published online: 15 JUL 2011
- moral development;
- moral identity;
- moral self;
- moral action;
Abstract— The study of moral identity may be one of the more promising new trends in moral psychology. Moral identity is the degree to which being a moral person is important to a person’s identity. This article reviews the various ways in which moral identity is understood, discusses predictors and processes of moral identity, and presents evidence regarding links between moral identity and various moral actions. The article closes with a critical evaluation of the moral identity concept and a discussion of future research directions.