Theoretical Perspectives I

Theoretical Perspectives I - Theoretical perspectives in...

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Theoretical perspectives in life span development and developmental psych Theory: broad organized explanation and prediction concerning phenomena of interest Why do we need theories? Organize observations and information about human behavior, thought and development Enable us to make testable predictions about behavior Theories o Psychodynamic Behavior motivated by inner forces, memories, and conflicts of which a person has little awareness or control Psychoanalytic Freud Focus on inner person, unconscious forces act to determine personality and behavior Behavior motivated by inner forces, memories, and conflicts Personality: id, ego, superego Psychosocial Erikson Development through stages, moved beyond adolescence (unlike Freud) Development involves eight fixed stages Not much support for Freud development stopping after adolescence Freud- focus on upper middle class Austrias Erikson focused on males than women along with Freud, generalizability not supported
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