Life span development involves understanding and assessing human behavior and

Life span development involves understanding and

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especially as it relates to social work practice. Life span development involves understanding and assessing human behavior and development, and can be categorized into four main phases, including infancy and childhood, adolescence, young and middle adulthood, and later adulthood (Zastrow & Kirst-Ashman 2016). Additionally, each life phase includes biological, psychological, and social development. The theory of life-span development I chose for this discussion is Jean Piaget’s theory of cognitive development (1955). Piaget’s theory of cognitive development is the idea that people go through various stages in life in learning how to think from infancy, all the way into adulthood (Zastrow & Kirst-Ashman, 2016). Piaget’s theory involves how individuals develop their capacities to think and understand throughout these life stages. Strengths include using Piaget’s theory as a reference regarding cognitive development from infancy all the way into adulthood as to what typical cognitive development is. However, the theory doesn’t account for all individuals from infancy to adulthood, as every individual’s cognitive development is different and can develop differently than others. Explain one way you might apply the theory to your social work practice. One way I might apply Piaget’s theory to my social work practice is by using this theory as a reference guide regarding typical child development. For example, if doing individual therapy
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