Developmental psychology is the branch of psychological science that studies the qualitative and quantitative changes individuals undergo as they traverse the life span. Developmental psychologists attempt to measure, explain and predict these changes from conception through the aging process in the areas of biological, social, emotional and cognitive growth. Developmental psychologists use experimental methods to describe changing behavior and clinical methods to treat problem behaviors.
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American Psychological Association: Division 20
Dedicated to studying the psychology of adult development and aging. Membership information, news and resources.
APA Journals: Developmental Psychology
Publishes articles that advance knowledge and theory about development across the life span. Subscription information and selected readings.
APA Journals: Psychology and Aging
Publishes original articles on research investigations of adult development and aging. Subscription information and selected readings.
British Journal of Developmental Psychology
Includes subscription information, table of contents and full text of sample issue.
Cogprints: Developmental Psychology
Electronic archive of collected articles. Provides abstracts of research and links to full texts.
Dare Association, Inc.
Independent, not-for-profit organization that supports endeavors in the arts and sciences, particularly focusing on psychology. Online papers, instruments, staff contact details.
Developmental Lifespan Theories
Concise comparison of lifespan theories in developmental psychology. Includes chart for quick reference.
Wikipedia article outlining the main theories, aspects and research methods.
The Developmental Psychology of Erik Erikson
Explanation of this theory of socioemotional development including details of each stage and a comparison with other models.
Duke University Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development
A national resource for information on factors affecting quality of life during old age. Includes details of research and training.
The Ecology of Adolescent Development
Research pages of Nancy Darling at Oberlin College. Contains project information and resource materials with copies of papers and conference presentations.
European Association for Research on Adolescence (EARA)
The EARA comprises psychologists, psychiatrists, and sociologists who are studying adolescent development.
GradSchools.com: Developmental Psychology
Directory of graduate and post-graduate programs in the United States. Brief descriptions and contact information.
Infant Development Research Center
Description of Dr. Wass' research on cognitive development during early infancy at the University of Tennessee.
International Society for the Study of Behavioural Development
Promotes scientific research of human development throughout the life span. Overview with details of meetings, workshops and journal.
Journal of Adolescence
Addresses issues of professional and academic importance concerning development between puberty and the attainment of adult status within society.
Life Span Development
An exploration of the biological, cognitive, and psychosocial changes that occur across different periods of life.
Society for Research in Child Development
Information on the Society, membership, and publications.
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