Life Span Development

Topics: Psychology, Diana, Princess of Wales, Charles, Prince of Wales Pages: 3 (743 words) Published: July 29, 2010
Life Span Development and Personality Paper
Rebecca Barney
July 26, 2010
Dr. Theresa Watts

The famous person I choose to write about from the 20th or 21st Century is Princess Diana. I have conducted a large amount of research on Princess Diana and have found what forces have influenced her life from the viewpoint of developmental psychology. Influences of Heredity and Environment

Princess Diana was born on July 1, 1961 to parents Edward John Spencer, Viscount Althorp, and Frances Ruth Burke Roche, Viscountess Althorp (later known as the Honorable Frances Shand Kydd). Her parents ended up divorcing each other when Princess Diana was a young child and her father won custody of Diana and all of her siblings (2009 A&E Television Networks.) Princess Diana was born into royalty as Princess of Wales. Later her father became an Earl in 1975 making Princess Diana Lady Diana. Later, after marrying Prince Charles Diana went back to being Princess Diana. This is interesting when trying to discover if Diana was influenced psychologically by her heredity or by her environment. Both her heredity and her environment would influence her widely in different situations. Morally Princess Diana was raised with impeccable morals. She learned about these morals from her family and extended family. Family Issues or Social Support Systems

 Many family issues or social support systems may have influenced Princess Diana’s developmental growth and adjustment. Being born into royalty when Princess Diana had any personal issues she knew that she needed to keep them in the family and try to keep them quiet from the rest of the world. This would be a struggle for most people and I am sure that at times Princess Diana struggled with having to keep issues quiet. When she was going to divorce Prince Charles the Palace coolly noted the news was immature. However, the Queen called for a quick and clean break between them....

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