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The Evolution of Developmental Psychology

Provide an analysis of the historical evolution of developmental psychology. Three figures or events that you believe have had the greatest/most important influence on where developmental psychology is today and explain why.
What role has research played in the evolution of developmental psychology?

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(1) Provide an analysis of the historical evolution of developmental psychology.

The history of development psychology began during the 19th century focused on explaining the initiation of individual development (Brennan, 2003). Developmental psychology involves the study of constancy and change in personality and behavior throughout the life span. Basically, the objective of developmental psychology is to describe changes during the course of life, and the conditions under which these changes take place (e.g. biological, sociological and/or cognitive processes). Thus, developmental psychology is concerned with moral, emotional and social development during the life span. Human development is traced based on changes that take place through four periods of human development that include:(a) prenatal period, (b) early childhood development, (c)adolescence, (d) adulthood, and (e)old age. This discussion descibes five major stages of human development that has been the focus of most research: infancy, early childhoo, adolescence, and early and late adulthood. Infancy is the developmental period from 18 to 24 months. Early childhood is the period from the infancy to about 5 0r 6 years. Middle and late childhood is the developmental period from about 6 to 11 years of age. Adolescence is the developmental period of transition from childhood to early childhood. Early adulthood begins in early teens or early twenties and lasts through the thirties. Middle adulthood is the developmental period from approximately 40 years of age to about 60. Finally, late adulthood is the developmental period that begins in the sixties of seventies and lasts ...

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This solution summarizes the evolution of developmental psychology.

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