1. Introduction Part 1: Theories that Emphasize Biological Factors 2. Evolutionary Theory 3. Psychoanalytic Theory 4. Cognitive Developmental Theory Part 2: Theories that Emphasize Environmental Factors 5. Learning Theories 6. Social Role Theory 7. Life Course Theory Part 3: Theories that Emphasize the Interaction between the Person and the Environment 8. Psychosocial Theory 9. Cognitive Social-Historical Theory 10. Bioecological Theory 11. Dynamic Systems Theory 12. Epilogue
Barbara M. Newman is a professor emeritus at the University of Rhode Island in Human Development and Family Studies. Philip R. Newman is a Fellow of the America Psychological Association, SPSSI, and the American Orthopsychiatric Association.
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