6 Stages of Moral Reasoning
1. Preconventional Morality: Punishment-Avoidance and Obedience
Psychologist Lawrence Kohlberg outlined the stages of moral development.
The punishment-avoidance/obedience stage is the stage that preschool children, most elementary school kids, some junior highers and a few high schoolers are in.During this stage, a child bases his decisions on his own self-interest. He follows rules in order to avoid punishment and ensures that his own needs are met before helping others.