This well-focused abridgment of the critically acclaimed APA Dictionary of Psychology is specifically tailored for scholars and students who focus on the field of developmental psychology. The basic lexicon of development across the lifespan is illuminated in thousands of entries and hundreds of cross-references representing four basic categories:

  • Theories (e.g., psychoanalytic, normative development, testing, learning, Piagetian stages)
  • Biosocial (e.g., heredity/genetics, physical/sexual maturation)
  • Cognitive (e.g., learning, memory, and neurology)
  • Psychosocial (e.g., family, community, education, employment)

Moreover, a significant number of revised and entirely new entries will offer fresh perspectives on the multidimensional and multidirectional aspects and the plasticity of change across human life and in human behavior.

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APA Dictionary of Lifespan Developmental Psychology

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The terms included here reflect the tremendous breadth of this specialization, which encompasses the many life stages of an individual, from neonatal through senior citizen, and the associated interests and struggles that an individual may experience in each phase.

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