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Causality and Development

Neo-Eriksonian Perspectives


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiii
  2. Gerald Young
    Pages 1-17
  3. Causality

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 19-19
    2. Gerald Young
      Pages 21-31
    3. Gerald Young
      Pages 73-87
    4. Gerald Young
      Pages 89-107
    5. Gerald Young
      Pages 109-146
    6. Gerald Young
      Pages 147-179
    7. Gerald Young
      Pages 181-210
  4. Development

About this book


The third book in Young’s unique trilogy on causality and development continues to locate and define the central role of causality in biopsychosocial and network/systems development, and as a unifying concept of psychology itself. As a way of discussing causality, in general, initially, the book focuses on the acquisition of handedness and hemispheric specialization in infancy and childhood, and their relations to the development of cognition, language, and emotion, in particular. The second part of the book elaborates an innovative 25-step Neo-Eriksonian model of development across the life course based on a Neo-Piagetian model covered in the previous books, completing a step-by-step account of development over the lifespan cognitively and socio-emotionally. It builds on the concept of neo-stage, which is network-based. From this conceptual synthesis, the author’s robust theory of development and causality identifies potential areas for psychological problems and pathology at each developmental step as well as science-based possibilities for their treatment.

 This elegant volume:

  • Presents a clear picture of the development of handedness and laterality in more depth than has been attempted in the literature to date.
  • Traces the causal concepts of activation-inhibition coordination and networking in the context of development.
  • Describes in depth a novel 25-step Neo-Eriksonian lifespan model of development.
  • Reviews relevant research on Piagetian and Eriksonian theories in development.
  • Emphasizes the clinical utility of the described 25-step Neo-Eriksonian approach to lifespan development.

 A significant step in understanding this highly nuanced subject and synthesizing a broad knowledge base, Causality and Development will find an interested audience among developmental psychologists, mental health practitioners, academics, and researchers.chers.  


development causality handedness cerebral dominance laterality activation-inhibition coordination Paiget Erikson hemispheric specialization neuropsychology

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Psychology, Glendon CollegeYork UniversityTorontoCanada

About the authors

Gerald Young, at Glendon, was awarded Fellowship status in both the Association for Psychological Science (APS) and the American Psychological Association (APA). He has received awards from both the American Psychological Association and the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA). Young is Editor-in-Chief of the journal Psychological Injury and Law, which he founded. He also publishes in psychological, psychiatric, medical, and law journals, including a 3-part series on PTSD in Court (2016-2017). In 2017, he published an invited chapter for APA on evidence law. His most recent book is Revising the APA Ethics Code (Springer, 2017). He has appeared as an expert witness for a case involving the Supreme Court of Canada. His practice covers rehabilitation and families.

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