Lifespan Perspective Paper

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Life Span Perspective
Sylvia Diaz
PSY/ 375
April 25, 2013
Michael Van Loon

Life Span Perspective
In the following paper, a brief description of human development will be given, along with an interpretation of the life span perspective of development. Also, an overview of two theories of life span development will be presented. Following that is an explanation of how heredity and the environment interact to produce individual differences in development. Human development can simply be defined as the process of expanding choices. For example, human beings make a sequence of choices, whether they may be culturally, socially, economically, and/ or politically. Human development is both a process and an outcome; concerned with the process in which choices are developed and/ or better yet broadened, but also focusing on the outcomes of improved choices. Elaborating on human choices is crucially and all importantly affiliated to two issues, capabilities and functioning’s on one side and opportunities on the other. The capability of an individual exists and stands for the various associations within the functioning’s that the individual can achieve. It demonstrates the freedom to achieve an individual’s functioning’s. Now, the functioning’s of an individual can apply to the productive things an individual can do and inclusively be, such as being active within the community and being well-nourished. Human capabilities can be increased through the development of human resources such as education and well-being, but they cannot be used unless opportunities exist in order to use them for ones spare time. There are many characteristics that describe what lifespan perspective is in association to human development, but understanding change is one of the most significant characteristics of human development. The lifespan perspective is really about understanding and comprehending that changes occur in every period and/ or stage of development. Those changes should and...
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