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Child Development Theory
A review of the child development theories of Sigmund Freud, Erik Erikson and Jean Piaget.
# 152317 | 2,693 words | 9 sources | MLA | 2013 | US
Published on Jan 25, 2013 in Education (Development Studies) , Psychology (Freud) , Psychology (Piaget)

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The paper looks at the history of child development theory and then explores Sigmund Freud's psychosexual development theories, Erik Erikson's theory of psychosocial development and Jean Piaget's stages of cognitive development. The paper considers the contribution of each of these three theorists to understanding child development.

History of Child Development Theory
Freud's Psychosexual Development Theories
Erikson's Theory of Psychosocial Development
Piaget's Stages of Cognitive Development

From the Paper:

"Child development presents information relating to the physical and psychological changes which take place in human beings from the time when they are infants and until adolescence. Through this study, the individual is followed as he or she grows and goes from dependency to self-sufficiency. Development is a result of an interaction between maturation (which is genetically controlled) and environmental factors shaping the individual. Several theorists have come up with presumptions regarding certain periods in child development, providing insight on human growth, behavior during development, and learning.
Child development has been studied from a series of perspectives, ranging from the one involving psychologists to the one involving parents. Parents are among the most devoted observers of child development, given the fact that they share a very intimate relationship with children. Child development is usually related to disorders in children, as it is one of the main reasons for which people study the topic - to reveal what is the cause (and the remedy-when it exists) in particular disorders present in children. (Huston A. C., 2002)"

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Beaumont, Sherry L., and Zukanovic, Ray, "Identity Development in Men and Its Relation to Psychosocial Distress and Self-worth," Canadian Journal of Behavioural Science 37.1 (2005).
  • Bijou, Sidney W., and Baer, Donald M., Child Development: Universal Stage of Infancy, vol. 2 (New York: Appleton-Century Crofts, 1965).
  • Christiansen, Shawn L., and Palkovitz, Rob, "Exploring Erikson's Psychosocial Theory of Development: Generativity and Its Relationship to Paternal Identity, Intimacy, and Involvement in Childcare," The Journal of Men's Studies: 133.
  • Hoare, Carol Hren, ed., Erikson on Development in Adulthood: New Insights from the Unpublished Papers (New York: Oxford University Press, 2002).
  • Huston, Aletha C., "Reforms and Child Development," The Future of Children 12.1 (2002).

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