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Upton I 5
Psychological Development/Psychological theories/Upton: Complete theories of development are rare in contemporary psychology, according to Miller 2002(1) who defines a theory as a set of interconnected statements including definitions, axioms, postulates, hypothetical constructs, laws and testable hypotheses, which describe unobservable structures, mechanisms or processes and relate them to observable events.
Developmental theories serve as frames of reference for examining change in specific aspects of mind or behaviour, such as cognition or emotional functioning.
Upton I 6
The most significant approaches from a developmental standpoint include psychodynamic, learning, constructivist and social constructivist perspectives.


1. Miller, P H. (2002). Theories of Developmental Psychology (4th edition). New York: Worth Publishers.


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Psychological Theories
Upton I
Penney Upton
Developmental Psychology 2011


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