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Describing, Explaining, and Optimizing Within-Individual Change Across the Life Span: A Relational Developmental Systems Perspective

Lerner, Richard M. ; Agans, Jennifer P. ; Desouza, Lisette M. ; Gasca, Santiago

Review of General Psychology, 2013, Vol.17(2), pp.179-183 [Peer Reviewed Journal]

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  • Title:
    Describing, Explaining, and Optimizing Within-Individual Change Across the Life Span: A Relational Developmental Systems Perspective
  • Author/Creator: Lerner, Richard M. ; Agans, Jennifer P. ; Desouza, Lisette M. ; Gasca, Santiago
  • Language: English
  • Subjects: Within-Individual Change ; Relational Developmental Systems Theory ; Plasticity ; Nonergodicity ; Social Justice
  • Is Part Of: Review of General Psychology, 2013, Vol.17(2), pp.179-183
  • Description: The goal of developmental science is to describe, explain, and optimize changes within individuals and differences between individuals across the life span. Contemporary developmental science is framed in the main by relational developmental systems models, conceptions that emphasize that change across life occurs through mutually regulative relations between individuals and their contexts. These models have important implications for research questions, methodology, and applications aimed at promoting positive human development and social justice across the life span.
  • Identifier: ISSN: 1089-2680 ; E-ISSN: 1939-1552 ; DOI: 10.1037/a0032931