Life-Span Development: Frameworks, Accounts, and Strategies by Leonie Sugarman

By Leonie Sugarman

This thorough revision of the hugely winning first variation of Life-Span improvement deals the reader a wide-ranging and inspiration frightening account of human improvement through the lifespan. The lifespan method emphasises that improvement doesn't cease after we stop to be youngsters yet is going on all through maturity and into outdated age. In preliminary chapters Leonie Sugarman outlines the problems surrounding the proposal of improvement and the way it may be studied, together with stories of the paintings of key theorists Erikson, Levinson and Gould. She is going directly to think of the several ways that the lifestyles path could be construed: as a chain of age-related phases; as a cumulative series; as a chain of developmental projects; as a sequence of key existence occasions and transitions or as a story building which creates a feeling of dynamic continuity. a last bankruptcy appears at how humans cope, the assets which are on hand and the theoretical and functional matters relating to interventions to aid them within the procedure. New to this version is elevated assurance of the topical factor of profitable growing older and a brand new bankruptcy at the more and more renowned narrative method of lifespan improvement. This version is usually extra student-friendly with workouts in self-reflection that inspire the reader to examine the improvement in their personal lives or these in their present or destiny consumers. Boxed fabric highlighting significant theories and clarifying techniques can also be incorporated. This booklet could be priceless for college students of developmental and occupational psychology and pros within the fields of healthiness administration, schooling and social paintings.

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There are other problems with longitudinal research. We need, for example, to consider the effect that prolonged participation in the research may have on the research subjects. If people are regularly asked about their career plans throughout adulthood then we might reasonably expect this to influence the extent and manner in which they think about their work. Also, at the theoretical level, we might find that advances in the topic under investigation make our original theoretical perspective or criteria for subject selection seem inadequate or outmoded.

Longitudinal research identifies age-related changes for any particular cohort (Nunnally, 1973) but we cannot assume these to be universal across generations or cultures. Time of measurement must also be taken into account. Suppose we had, in 1960, begun a longitudinal study of the career Collecting data about lives 39 patterns of a group of 20-year-olds. Further suppose that some 30 years later, when the subjects were in their early 50s, we found that the incidence of redundancy and the average time taken to secure a new job had both increased.

Using multiple measures of the same variable increases the researcher’s confidence that the data reflects the phenomenon under study, rather than being an artefact of the method of data collection. Thus, both quantitative and qualitative data can be collected. Self-reports can be supplemented by observer ratings. Case studies can be selected from within a wider survey, to give depth as well as breadth. Life-span development 36 This use of varied types of data concerning the same issue is one example of what has come to be known as triangulation (Denzin, 1978; Smith & Klein, 1986).

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