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Introduction to Lifespan Development
A brief overview of the perspective of lifespan development.
# 146854 | 717 words | 6 sources | APA | 2011 | US
Published on Jan 19, 2011 in Psychology (General)

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The paper defines lifespan development that basically refers to the phases and/or stages that humans proceed through, being birth, infancy, adolescence, adulthood, old age and lastly death. The paper looks at the characteristics of the lifespan perspective and discusses the biological, cognitive and psychosocial domains related to lifespan development. The paper also notes several contemporary concerns related to lifespan development.

Domains and Periods
Contemporary Concerns

From the Paper:

"According to Mark K. Smith, life span development can be defined as change which involves "movement from one state to another" or a type of transition (1999, "Life Span Development," Internet), much like passing from an adolescent or teenager into a legal adult at the age of twenty-one when a person takes on added responsibility for his/her own life and existence. A second aspect of this development is that the change which occurs is permanent and lasting, meaning that once a person matures into an adult, there is no going back, thus creating a "carry forward" state of mind and body (Smith, 1999, Internet). A third aspect of this development is growth, "a progression through certain stages" that is often unfolding or a type of movement "toward a fixed point" in time."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Baltes, P.B., H. Reese, and L. Lipsett. (1980). "Lifespan developmental psychology." Annual Review of Pyschology. 31: 65-110.
  • Hernandez, Christina. (2008). "Life span perspectives on human development."Associated Content. Internet. Accessed from
  • "Introduction to life span development." (2009). Internet. Accessed from
  • Smith, Mark K. (1999). "Life span development and lifelong learning." Infed. Internet.Accessed from
  • Sparrow, Michael C. (2001). Life span development in psychological terms. New York:Blackwell Publishers.

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