In order to truly understand the life span perspectives we must first define developmental psychology, which is a field that falls under the topic of psychology that is centered on describing how individuals change and grow throughout the stages of their life. This field has also been noted to be one of the more popular fields to be studied. We, as humans, must first grasp the concept that before there can be an outcome there has to be a process or a beginning. We can always trace anything that exists back to a beginning, for people this beginning is birth and the developmental processes that follow are individual pieces of the life processes. Charles Darwin had a longing to understand just what evolution was and exactly how it worked; from this desire he drew the study of lifespan development. Adolescence and norms were first introduced to those in the field of science by way of a G. Stanley Hall publication (Boyd & Bee, 2006).Within this book these scholarly individuals could read about the first observational studies of children. Within this paper you will find the definition of lifespan development, a description of the many characteristics of the lifespan perspective, and the identifying factors of the human developmental domains and periods. Lifespan Development
We recognize that within the lifespan there had to be a beginning; we know this because of the work of Charles Darwin. Darwin began the inner workings of human developmental studies and those early evolutionists who shared his opinions were soon to join in his studies. Darwin’s goal was to prove his theory of evolution; it was his belief that his best chance of proving his theory was to engage in intense studies of human development (Boyd & Bee, 2006). According to the American Heritage Dictionary, a lifespan is the average amount of time that an organism, material, or object can be expected to survive or last. If we look for...
An understanding of the developmental process through generations of living is an important characteristic in developing a lifespanperspective. Lifespan development is the process in which each individual go through from the time of conception to the time of death, but it is the time in between that is primarily studied. The developmental stages of an individual’s life are an important factor in regards to determining human behavior; this is studied through looking at heredity (nature), and the environmental (nurture) effects that both play significant roles. For many years there has been a great deal of debate over perspectives of the human lifespan and its development; in this paper, two of these perspectives, or theories, will be discussed (Berger, 2011).
A LifeSpanPerspective of Development
In order for researchers to study the development of human life, it is necessary, if not critical, to gain a “lifespan” perspective. Lifespanperspectives may differ in particular viewpoints, but they all are focused on the study of human...
Charles R. Harmon Jr.
November 26, 2012
This is an informative paper to illustrate what I have learned thus far about human development. Throughout the course of this paper I shall explain the lifespanperspective of human development, summarize two theories of life-span development, and explain how nature and nurture account for difference in individual development.
The life-spanperspective is an approach used by scientists to study human development. These individuals are considered scientists as they attempt to explain how and why people change over time. The science of human development takes into account people from everywhere and every age with consideration of their entire life-span thus far experienced, not just where they may currently be. In respect to that, their potential growth and development is considered to be multidirectional, multicontextual, multicultural, multidisciplinary, and plastic. Collectively these five terms make up the life-spanperspective.
Each term of the...
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University of Phoenix
September 15, 2009
People are constantly changing and developing ever since conception to the day they pass away. Some changes can be more for people depending on the choices and incidents that occurs in a person’s life. The majority of changes that people go through are passed by common biological and psychological heritage by all people. One of the obvious elements is change when a development is being defined (Infed, 1998).This is when development which involves a movement from a certain state to another. The human development occurs through a process of certain stages in which helps to understand the human development. Maturity is shown by action and what something may be acceptable in one setting may not be appropriate in another setting. Furthermore, to fully understand human development the characteristics of lifespan will need to be discussed. The developmental domains and periods will also need to be discussed in other to fully comprehend human development.
The study of human development is a fascinating method which seeks to describe, predict, explain, and update...
June 14, 2012
University of Phoenix
From the time a person is brought into this world by birth till the day they pass away is called a person’s lifespan. The different stage’s a person goes through as he or she develops is called lifespan development. In this paper I will explain the lifespanperspective of development and summarize two theories of lifespan development. I will then explain how heredity and the environment interact to individual differences in development.
The perspective of lifespan development understands the ongoing changes which happen in development. Piaget and Freud have opposite theories when it comes to lifespan development. Piaget’s theory is based off of cognitive development which happens over a person’s life, whereas the theory that Freud uses is his basis of id, ego, and superego. The nature versus nurture is more than viewpoints in lifespan development but they affect who and how an individual will be. Lifespan development happens from the time of birth till death happens as an individual grows and develops. The outlook in association to human development will be lifelong, and the theories of lifespan development seen in Piaget and Freud, while the influences of...
September 19, 2011
Development begins at birth and continues throughout one’s entire life. According to Smith (1999, para.4), “The first and obvious element is change - that development involves movement from one state to another.” Whether it’s physically, mentally, or both, all individuals experience transitions as they move through the different lifespans. The typical stages of development that humans go through include: childhood, adolescence, early adulthood, middle adulthood, and late adulthood. As individuals progress from one stage of life to the next there are a variety of factors that influence the unique development from one person to the next. Factors such as culture, genetics, and environmental influences all play significant roles in lifespan development.
Each span of an individual’s life is characterized by differing stages of development. The lifespanperspective of development is not limited to any one specific age or stage of life, which is one of the primary aspects of the lifespanperspective. This perspective is also diverse in the fact that changes can occur...
Instructor: Dr. Lisa Holbert
In order to get a good perspective of the lifespan of a human being, a person first needs to understand changes that take place. The lifespanperspective is mostly about knowing the different stages in life and when they occur. These changes should be viewed as the outcome of
culture and the specific situations that are in play at the time of the change.
There are several traits that describe what lifespanperspective is in the human development process. First, lifespanperspective is an ongoing process that is not controlled by any one age period. Second, the lifespanperspective consists of three different domains. The three domains are physical, cognitive, and social. The three domains illustrate smooth strokes not rigid edges of the lifespanperspective. The three domains are used to organize the research of human development.
The physical domain of lifespanperspective looks at the psychological changes that...
...LifeSpanPerspectivePaperLifespan is the time of conception till the day a person takes their last breathe. So many situations take place in a person’s life like reaching other developmental periods within life. A child grows from an infant and becomes of age to go to school for the first time or simply graduating from high school and entering the next phase oflife when responsibility becomes everything. Each phase of life means that a person is developing whether they are transitioning from a young adult to being a middle aged adult there are developmental stages that take place until the final transition which is death. In order to better understand human development the process of studying takes place which in turn means moving from one stage to the next within a lifespan. Through the years observation, predictions and evolving technologies have opened up doors to the way individuals develop and reach stages by pinpointing differences and predictions that prove to be inaccurate or simply that have not risen to the occasion over the years of change.
There are considered to be five characteristics of development; multidirectional, multicontextual, multicultural, multidisciplinary and plasticity. Multidirectional is the study of change within human development. Multicontextual is dealing with contexts such as an individual’s...
Sara Kuzmickas Jones
April 22, 2013
In this paper we will discover the human’s lifespan and how we all develop within our lives. We will see throughout the years that with each generation living changes between generations. With time we find that through science and medicine that we can add years and cheat death a few more years. Looking at our generation today there is many different ways to fight aging. Doctors now are predicting that some of the generations living today could possibly live to be 150 or maybe even older. We will see the lifespanperspective explained in the first paragraph. The next two paragraphs will feature two different theories on lifespan development. And last we will look at how heredity and the environment interact to productive individual differences in development explained.
The human’s lifespan has changed throughout the ages with each generation getting older and older with age. Each generation seems to cheat death just a little bit longer than the next. No one is the same at age 35 and age 45, or even 35 and 36. Every day is new; every age is open to change (Berger, K. S. (2011). With this in mind with our lifespan is some individuals try and...