Stages of Moral Development
Level 1: Pre-conventional
The morality of an action is judged by its direct consequences and this level is very egocentric in manner with no regard for society's conventions of right and wrong.
Stage 1: Obedience and Punishment Orientation
Level 2: Conventional
The morality of actions is judged by comparing them to society's views and expectations. At this level a person obeys even without consequences and accepts society's rules with little questioning.
Stage 3: Interpersonal Accord and Conformity
Level 3: Post-conventional
A growing realization that an individual's perspective may take precedence over society's views. Individuals in this stage live by their own ethical principles. Rules are considered helpful, but changeable; rules are not absolutes that should be obeyed without question.
Stage 5: Social Contract Orientation