A Conception of Adult Development. Levinson, Daniel J. American Psychologist, v41 n1 p Jan Presents concepts of life course, life cycle, life structure, and the adult development of the life structure in early and middle adulthood. Discusses six major issues that must be dealt with by every structural approach to adult development. (PS) Descriptors: Adult Development, Adults, Aging (Individuals), Cited by: C. Magai, in International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences, 1 Introduction and Historical Overview. Research on emotion in adult development and aging this century has been quite limited until recently and for a long time was without significant theoretical guidance. This lack of attention to emotion in human development stemmed chiefly from two phenomena: (a) the.
For each human line of development a predictable and sequential pattern of stages has been described and charted. As we move through each stage, we develop greater competency, deeper and wider understanding, greater wisdom, and increased effectiveness in our environment and in the world, and a richer frame of reference. the process of change associated with age which characterizes all human beings from conception to death. A life-span perspective does not refer to a single, coherent theory but to a particu- lar orientation to the study of psychological development.
Conception occurs when an egg from the mother is fertilized by a sperm from the father. In humans, the conception process begins with ovulation, when an ovum, or egg (the largest cell in the human body), which has been stored in one of the mother’s two ovaries, matures and is released into the fallopian vulvas.xyzion occurs about halfway through the woman’s menstrual cycle and is aided by. concept of the whole of life” (, p. ). Little wonder as to the still enervated state of understanding older adult development relative to the sheer amount of knowledge accumulated regarding childhood development, as the aged sector of human society has long been a minority until recent times (Coleman & O’Hanlon, ). Projected for a.
Adult development is becoming an important field of study for psychology and other disciplines. Little has been done, however, to conceptualize the nature of adult development and to define the major issues in this field. The author summarizes his own formulations of life course, life cycle, life structure, and the adult development of the life structure in early and middle adulthood. The purpose of this paper is to review and synthesize the literature on adult development and to suggest how this information can be applied to the practice of adult education. The first section discusses the nature of adult development, its definition, and key concepts. Sequential patterns of change in adulthood are examined in section 2, focusing on models formulated by Jung, Buhler, Erikson Cited by: