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Developmental Psychology in Historical Perspective

Developmental Psychology in Historical Perspective

Dennis Thompson , John D. Hogan , Philip M. Clark

ISBN: 978-1-444-35525-3

Dec 2011, Wiley-Blackwell

256 pages



This is the first book to provide a comprehensive overview of the history of developmental psychology, from the pre-scientific era to the present day.
  • Covers the first research published in Germany, America, and France during the late 19th century
  • Examines the work and influence of key international scholars in the area
  • Incorporates the contributions of psychologists from diverse backgrounds
  • Pays attention to the historical research on development in adulthood and old age
  • Highlights the relationship between the growth of developmental psychology and renewed interest in child-rearing practices
Preface vi

Acknowledgments ix

1 Establishing a Background for Developmental Psychology 1

2 Granville Stanley Hall and the Founding of Developmental Psychology 18

3 Additional Contributors and Contributions during the Child Study Era 34

4 Foundations for a Modern Science: The Laura Spelman Rockefeller Memorial and Developmental Psychology after World War I 57

5 Mainstream Advances in Developmental Psychology from the 1920s to the 1940s 77

6 Representative Theories of Development 102

7 The Origins of Life-Span Developmental Psychology 124

8 Nature, Nurture, and the Concept of Intelligence 143

9 Applications of Developmental Psychology: Advice to Parents and Teachers 170

10 Critical Developments since World War II 195

Index 213