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The Lifespan Perspective
A discussion of the lifespan perspective that includes a review of the stages of human development.
# 146826 | 904 words | 4 sources | APA | 2011 | US
Published on Jan 17, 2011 in Psychology (Piaget) , Psychology (Theory)

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The paper discusses the lifespan perspective and its dimensions that relate to the physical, cognitive and psychosocial domains. The paper outlines the eight different periods or stages as defined by psychologists Jean Piaget and Erik Erikson in a person's life from birth to adulthood and addresses the growing number of suicides of the baby-boomer population. The paper considers possible reasons for the development of this trend.

From the Paper:

"In the mid-1900s, psychologists Jean Piaget and Erik Erikson defined human development in phases from birth to older adult. Since then, there has been a significant growth in the understanding of how people develop through their lives. Development psychologists call this Life Span Development. Sigelman and Rider (2006) defined development as "systematic changes and continuities in the individual that occur between conception and death or from 'womb to tomb'" (p. 2). They place developmental specialists in three broad specialty areas: physical development, cognitive development and psychosocial development. Regardless of which area of interest, they all are concerned with the changes that occur through different life stages and how they are influenced."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Baltes, P.B. (1999) Lifespan psychology: theory and application to intellectual functioning. Annual Review of Psychology 50:471-507
  • Erikson, E. (1950). Childhood and society. New York: Norton
  • Santrock, J.(1996). Child Development. Dubuque, IA: Brown and Benchmark Publishers.
  • Sigelman, C. K., & Rider, E. A. (2006). Life-span human development. Belmont, CA:

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