Human Growth and Development CLEP Prep Practice Exam

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According to Kohlberg’s Theory of Moral Development, which stage involves understanding abstract societal rules?




According to Kohlberg's Theory of Moral Development, the stage that involves understanding abstract societal rules is the Principled stage. This stage is also known as the postconventional stage, where individuals develop a more mature understanding of right and wrong and begin to recognize that societal rules are based on principles and values rather than just authority figures or consequences. The other options are incorrect because - A: The Preconventional stage is characterized by a focus on individual needs and self-interest, rather than societal rules. - B: The Conventional stage focuses on following rules and societal norms to gain approval and avoid disapproval, rather than understanding the reasoning behind these rules. - D: The Postconventional stage is a broader term that encompasses both the Principled stage and the earlier stages. Therefore, while D is a correct term, C provides a more specific and accurate answer.