This chapter introduced us to…
- Developmental Psychology was originally concerned with infants and children but has expanded to include adolescence, aging and the entire life span.
- Development can be understood from a physical, cognitive and psychosocial perspective.
- Periods of development can be analyzed using discontinuous theories which postulate qualitatively different stages. These theories contrast with continuous theories that hypothesize development as the result of incremental quantitative changes.
- Lifespan development can be studied using various research methods including descriptive, correlational, and experimental paradigms. Each paradigm can also be seen through research designs such as longitudinal, cross-sectional and sequential data collection methods.
- Reflect on your own development in light of the theories we have discussed in this chapter. Which do you think is best in explaining your journey thus far?
- How do you think indigenous perspectives on development might inform our own ideas about a lifespan perspective?
- Go through different research methods that we have discussed and list the advantages and disadvantages for each.