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Framework and Theories of Development Lecture 1 January 8, 2008
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Developmental Psychology: The Lifespan Perspective What is development? A process of age- related changes across the lifespan. Six assumptions of the lifespan perspective: 1. Development is life long 2. Development is multidimensional Multiple forces (e.g., genes, biology, environment) Multiple domains Physical Cognitive Social Emotional
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Assumptions of the Life-Span Perspective cont. 3. Development is multidirectional - A joint expression of growth and decline 4. Development is plastic (open to change) 5. Development involves growth and maintenance 6. Influences on development - Normative influences – similar for individuals in a particular age group - Historical influences – similar for individuals in a certain generation in a formative time in their lives - Nonnormative influences - unusual occurrences – major impact but not applicable to many people
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Understanding Theories A theory is a perspective that explains why people act the way they do. Theories allow us to predict behavior and also suggest how to intervene to improve behavior.
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Understanding Theories Theories differ in their approaches to development View of the developing person Organismic theories – change stimulated from within, active
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