Developmental Psychology Response to classmate 125 words minimum

Oct 20th, 2015
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ORIGINAL QUESTION:

Developmental Psychology

  1. Why is it important for psychology professionals to have an understanding of developmental psychology even if they do not work specifically with children?
  2. Piaget, Erikson, and Vygotsky are important theorists in developmental psychology. In your own words, describe briefly the focal point that each theorist places on childhood development. Be sure to provide actual terms and key words used by each theorist.

STUDENT RESPONSE:

Professor and fellow classmates,

  Threw unit one developmental psychology and the importance of the field with the many areas are discussed. In this week's discussion board questions expand on these topics.

  1. Why is it important for psychology professionals to have an understanding of developmental psychology even if they do not work specifically with children?

  Psychology professionals have to have an understanding of developmental psychology "scientific study of changes in human behaviors and mental activities as they occur over a lifetime" (Bukatko, 2008, p.4), weather they work with children or adults, since every single person starts out the same way no matter the cultural background. This information helps psychology professionals form treatment plans for their clients threw out their treatment. 

  2. Piaget, Erikson, and Vygotsky are important theorists in developmental psychology. In your own words, describe briefly the focal point that each theorist places on childhood development.

  Piaget's focal points placed on childhood development include four stages "Sensorimotor (Birth until 1½–2 years), Preoperational (1½–7 years), Concrete operational (7-11 years), and Formal Operational (11 years and above)" (Bukatko, 2008, p.22). During each stage the child develops at the same rate and stages threw out differing cultures.

  Erikson focused on psychosocial theory that includes eight stages of development " basic trust vs. mistrust (birth-1 year), autonomy vs. shame and doubt (1-3), Initiative vs. guilt (3-6), industry vs. inferiority (6 years to puberty), indentity vs. indentity confusion (puberty to adulthood), Intimacy vs. isolation (young adulthood), generativity vs. stagnation (middle adulthood), and integrity vs. despair (old age)" (Bukatko, 2008, p.26). Erikson theorized that people deal with the demands on them from society threw each of these stages threw out life.

  Vygotsky forced his work in childhood development on sociohistorical theory "emphasizes the unique collective wisdom compiled by a culture and transmitted to the child through ongoing, daily interactions with the more knowledgeable members of that society" (Bukatko, 2008, p.30); as well the dynamic systems theory and ethological theory.

  Each Piaget, Erikson, and Vygotsky has points in each of their work within developmental psychology on childhood development. Taken together the greatest understanding of how and why a person develops in to the person they are helps professionals in all fields of social services such as psychology, psychiatry, and others.

  Thank you for reviewing this first discussion board post. I look forward to reading your feedback and continuing the discussion.

References

Bukatko, D. (2008). Child and adolescent development. A chronological approach. Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin.


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