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Exploring the Dynamics of Human Development: An Integrative Approach

Catherine Raeff


Developmental psychology is a vast and fragmented discipline that is in dire need of a theoretical framework for thinking systematically about development. This book offers an integrative theoretical framework for thinking systematically about what happens during life span development and how life span development happens. Systems theory provides an overarching approach for conceptualizing the functioning and development of the whole person in terms of multiple and interrelated individual, social, and cultural processes. It is argued that much of what develops during development is cultural ac ... More

Keywords: development, action, whole person, systems theory, organismic-developmental theory, sociocultural theory, individual processes, social processes, cultural processes

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780199328413
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199328413.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Catherine Raeff, author
Professor of Psychology, Indiana University of Pennsylvania