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Life Span Perspective
Olivine Turner
PSY 375
September 26, 2010
University of Phoenix
CERTIFICATE OF ORIGINALITY: I certify that the attached paper is my original work. I affirm that any section of the paper which has been submitted previously is attributed and cited as such, and that this paper has not been submitted by anyone else. I confirm that I have cited all sources from which I used language, ideas, and information, whether quoted verbatim or paraphrased. Any assistance I received while producing this paper has been acknowledged in the References section. I have obtained written permission or have included a release from the copyright holder for any trademarked material, logos, images from the Internet, or other sources. I further agree that my name typed on the line below is intended to have, and shall have, the same validity as my handwritten signature. Student's signature (name typed here is equivalent to a signature):  _Olivine K. Turner Life Span Perspective

In this paper, readers will learn about the life span perspective and some areas of human development. To begin, some readers are wondering, “What is the life span perspective?” According to Boyd & Bee (2009, p.4), the life span perspective is the current view of developmentalists regarding important changes throughout the entire human life span. These changes are important to study so that developmentalists are able to understand the changes in human development, and why these changes occur.

There are seven characteristics of the life span perspective according to Paul Baltes (1980). The first is that development is life long: gains and losses are part of the development process. The second is that development is multidimensional: development occurs in all three domains. Next is that development is multidirectional: some developmental aspects increase while others decrease or do not change at all. The fourth is that development is plastic: development could be...
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