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Human Lifespan Development Philosophies and Theories

Describe human development and the factors that have stimulated research in this area.

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1. Describe human development and the factors that have stimulated research in this area.

There are many different theories of human development, such as biological theories (Freud), environmental theories (Skinner), sociocultural perspective (Vygotsky, Bronfenbrenner - see diagram at http://www.sasked.gov.sk.ca/docs/social/psych30/support_materials/ecological_model.htm), cognitive theories (Piaget, Beck), lifespan theories (Levinson, Erikson), and others. Each theory describes human development differently, focusing on different factors (see more on this below). It the theory and the theoretical concepts, factors and predictions that stimulate research in this area. The theory is tested for credibility, but factors and stages are also tested to lend support for the theories and to extend the psychological literature. Gaps in research also spur research, as well as being tested on different populations to see if the theory ...

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This solution describes human development and the factors that have stimulated research in this area. References and a supplementary article on human development are also provided.

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