Developmental Theories

  • Gregory S. Pettit
Part of the Perspectives in Developmental Psychology book series (PDPS)


The goal of this chapter is to present an overview of the major theoretical perspectives on social development, with particular emphasis on those theories that span the entire course of individual development. Development refers here to ontogenetic changes that are manifested in distinctive styles of relating to other individuals at different points in the lifecycle. These changes in interpersonal style represent reorganizations of behavior, cognition, and affect associated with certain developmental tasks or issues.


Perspective Taking Social Information Processing Psychoanalytic Theory Interpersonal Style Strange Situation 
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  • Gregory S. Pettit
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  1. 1.Department of Family and Child DevelopmentAuburn UniversityAuburnUSA

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