Moral development over the life span was analysed in a German sample. In total, 93 participants divided into four age groups (range 15 – 83 years) were asked to judge a care dilemma. The results let us suggest that moral cognition in old age is indeed simplified, but that such simplification has internalized the complex structures of middle age, quasi embodied. For example, harm reduction as a prior proposition of a higher order in middle age changes in old age to a secondary proposition.
|Keywords:||Moral Development, Old Age, Dilemma, Care, Harm, Dementia|
Senior Researcher, Institute for Gerontology, University of Heidelberg, Heidelberg, Germany