Life-Span Developmental Psychology. Research and Theory by L. R. Goulet

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J. E. Anderson, 1956). Another publication of great importance to the field was the Handbook of Aging and the Individual (Birren, 1959a), which provided the kind of literature review and statement of position in the field that the Murchison handbook had presented for child psychology thirty years earlier. The aging handbook was supported by NIH funds, and was developed by a group under the chairmanship of R. Kleemeier of the Gerontological Society. In 1945, Division 20, on Maturity and Old Age, was formed, the first in APA to be approved under the new bylaws.

The long-time director has been L. W. Sontag, M. D. (L. W. Sontag, 1963). The impact of the institutes was great because of their obvious advantages: a staff selected to work together, the possibility of doing program research, generally good access to subjects (even if somewhat limited in range of social class and ability), and through involvement in both planned and fortuitous longitudinal research. The influence of these latter studies will be examined shortly. VIII. OTHER EARLY INFLUENCES Some variety in methods and content of American developmental study entered from sources outside psychology.

X ] . " During adolescence and early maturity however, society had a heavy burden because, according to Hall's interpretation of Lamarckian theory, genetic changes could be effected during this period. A natural scientist of the time expressed the idea: All modifications and variations in progressive series tend to appear first in the adolescent or adult stages of growth, and then to be inherited in successive descendents at earlier and earlier stages according to the law of acceleration, until they either become embryonic, or are crowded out of the organizations, and replaced in the development of characteristics of later origin [Hyatt, 1890, p.

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