A Humanistic Approach to Lifespan Development

  • Constance T. Fischer
Part of the Perspectives in Developmental Psychology book series (PDPS)


Shifts in metaphors and methods afford fresh visions of human diversity, richness, and possibility. When we look beyond measured variables, our vision can include individuals shaping their lives even as they are influenced by societal context and dominant theories. This chapter encourages all of us who study human development to incorporate into our work postmodern humanistic psychology’s perspectives and qualitative methods. In that way we can self-consciously choose the influence that our academic conceptions may have on human development. Perhaps we can also encourage positive societal and personal growth.


Life Satisfaction Moral Development Stage Theory Humanistic Approach Harvard Educational Review 
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  • Constance T. Fischer
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  1. 1.Department of PsychologyDuquesne UniversityPittsburghUSA

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