life span perspective

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Life Span Perspective

Jonda C. Hopper

Life Span Human Development 375

April 28, 2014

Miss. Cruz


Life span development is the theory of life from the beginning to the end of a person's existence and how they develop during the different stages. This paper looks at the explanation of the life span perspective of development and what it entails. It also examines Sigmund Freud's (1856-1939) psychoanalytic theory and Erik Erikson's (1902-1994) psychosocial theory and how the stages of each of these theories affect human development. All of these theories has their own set of stages with different occurrences that each human goes through from infancy to adulthood. The views of heredity and environment discuss how each plays a particular role in the growth and development of each individual person. While heredity is certain destiny, environment is certain chance.

Life Span Perspective

The life span perspective considers human development to have many different characteristics.

This view interprets all the different phases of life, not just specific phases such as childhood or adulthood. Theorists have stated different opinions on life span development and some of those theories will be included in this paper. Heredity and environment also play a complex role in the creation of social development. Many of these theories suggest a variety of ideas concerning the influences and consequences in the nature and nurture debate.

Life Span Perspective Development

Berger (2011) states "life span perspective views human development as multidirectional, multicontextual, multicultural, multidisciplinary and plastic" (p. 10). The life span perspective of development can be described as an orderly intra-individual change that is accredited to the advances consistent with age. Change is consistent in every person throughout all phases of life. Multidirectional characteristics justify the changes that occur in every direction,