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Faculty of Behavioral Sciences

Paper 2.2: Life Span Development

Unit

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Domain

I Unit I: Early Development

Introduction: characterizing life span development and related issues, continuous vs dichotomous changes, critical and sensitive periods,

Theoretical perspectives: psychodynamic, behavioral, cognitive, and evolutionary perspectives on life span development

Measuring developmental changes: longitudinal studies, cross-sectional studies,

Prenatal development and new born infant: complication and competence; physical, cognitive and social development in infancy

Influence of nature and nurture on development

Sequential studies of development

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II Unit II: Childhood and Adolescence

Preschool years: physical, cognitive, social and moral development.

Middle childhood years: physical, cognitive  and social development.

Adolescence: physical and cognitive development,.

Social development in adolescence: identity formation, relationships in family and friends, and sexual behavior.

 Threats to adolescence well-being.Dating

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III Unit III: Adult years

Early adulthood: physical, cognitive, and social development, and choosing a career.

Middle adulthood: physical health and cognitive development, social development, work and leisure.

Late adulthood: physical changes in older people, health and well-being in late adulthood, cognitive changes in late adulthood.

Myth of ageing, degenerative neurological disorders, death and dying.

Daily life of late adulthood.

Pursuing higher education in adulthood.

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Syllabus Books:

  1. Feldman, R.S. (2015). Development across the lifespan. Pearson/Darling Kindersley: New Delhi
  2. Hurlock, J.B. (1997). Child development. McGraw Hill: New Delhi.
  3. Bee, H. and Bjorklund, B.R. (2003). Journey of Adulthood. Prentice Hall: New York

Reference Books:

  1. J. Arnett. (2012). Adolescent Psychology around the World.Psychology Press.
  2. Thompson; C. Hooper, C. Laver-Bradbury, C. Gale. (2012). Child and Adolescent Mental Health: Theory and Practice.Hodder Education.
  3. G. Moeller. (2001). Youth Aggression and Violence: A Psychological Approach. Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.
  4. Jane Kroger. (2004). Identity in Adolescence: The Balance between Self and Other.