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Lecture 1

PSY 301 Lecture 1: Theories of Development

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Theories of Development  A theory is a set of interrelated concepts/ideas, definitions, and propositions (if-then statements) that are all pulled together to help explain something about development o example: attachment theory  Theories have empirical support/basis  We have our own implicit theories of development; relationships, etc.  According to Piaget, it is natural to compose theories Individual Implicit Theories of Development  Developmental stages - we recognize infancy, early childhood, teenage years, early adulthood, senior citizens  Major influences on development - we are aware of the effects of parents, historical events, societal influences; when we analyze someone’s parents or why they are the way we are  Impact of later development on life trajectories - what’s going to happen in adulthood can change you Age Ranges for Different Stages of Development  Infancy: 0-2 yrs  Early Childhood: 2-6 yrs  Middle childhood: 6-11 yrs  Adolescence: 11-16 yrs  Emerging adulthood: 18-25 yrs  Adulthood: 25-65 yrs  Late adulthood: 66 yrs+ Purpose of a Theory  Helps to organize what w
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