Assumptions of the Life-span View of Development

1. Development is a lifelong process.

2. Development is multidirectional.

3. Development involves both gain and loss.

4. There is much plasticity in human development.

5. Development is shaped by its historical and cultural context.

6. Development is multiply influenced.

7. Understanding development requires multiple disciplines.


(Adapted from Sigelman (1999), Life-span Human Development, Third Edition.)

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