Lack of development of standards of 'good' or 'bad' in children is manifested in later life by violence, aggression, exploitation, crime and general misuse of other people. Lack of moral development may be the result of a severely deprived background, lack of finer influences, and general insecurity. Lack of moral development may also be taken as meaning a lack of development along accepted moral lines, in other words, ideological deviation or refusal to conform to accepted social pattern. Lack of moral development in this sense of a refusal to conform occurs among a minority in most societies. Lack of moral development in the sense of not distinguishing between 'good' and 'bad' is a subjective term which may be applied to some extent to delinquents and criminals but may also occur in a more disguised form among respectable members of society.
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