Creating Good Relationships
Edited By Vince Waldron and Douglas Kelley
Moral Talk Across the Lifespan offers a stimulating blend of social science research and moral reflection. It is a key text for courses in Relational Communication, Family Communication, Interpersonal Communication, and Communication Ethics.
Chapter Two: Which Parental Messages about Morality Are Accepted by Emerging Adults?
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Which Parental Messages ABOUT Morality Are Accepted BY Emerging Adults?
VINCENT WALDRON, JOSHUA DANAHER, CARMEN GOMAN, NICOLE PIEMONTE & DAYNA KLOEBER
Which kinds of moral guidance offered by parents during childhood and adolescence are accepted later in life, when young adults solidify their own moral commitments? This chapter addresses that question by examining acceptability ratings of 470 “memorable moral messages” reported previously in a survey of 303 emerging adults (Waldron et al., 2014). On average, the messages had been received when the participants were 16 years old. The analysis revealed that young adults reported being more accepting of some kinds of parental messages. Those that helped the offspring develop empathy, prioritize moral virtues, and deal with “real world” situations were rated more positively than those which focused on family/cultural obligations, issued commands, or invoked external moral authorities. The results reveal the wide variety of messages that parents use to convey moral content. Parents and moral educators may find the results helpful as they evaluate their current communicative approaches and consider alternatives that might prove useful as children and adolescents transition to young adulthood. ← 35 | 36 →
WHICH PARENTAL MESSAGES ABOUT MORALITY ARE ACCEPTED BY EMERGING ADULTS?
The period of emerging adulthood, which ranges from the end of adolescence through the mid-to-late twenties, is a time when most people re-evaluate their moral commitments (J. J. Arnett, 2004). Prior to this, during childhood and into early...
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