The Person as Patient: Psychosocial Perspectives for the Health Care Professional

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Development Through Life:
Fundamental Patterns

Elsa Ramsden

Introduction

Adaptation

Cultural Context

Cognitive Development

Learning and Learning Theory

Memory


Introduction

This chapter builds on the information in the preceding chapter by exploring in greater depth some of the fundamental issues involved in the growth and development of an individual throughout the span of life. It provides the groundwork for more specific attention to the young child in the next chapter, the adolescent in Chapter 5, and so on.

In Chapter 1 we described the process by which a theory comes into being. Then in the second chapter we introduced the theory of individual psychosocial development through a discussion of the several systems that bear on that process. In this chapter we will explore psychosocial development further by using several theoretic constructs to describe different aspects of human behavior. The focus of our effort is to understand what that behavior is about. Behavior does not happen in a vacuum. Where does the behavior come from? To what purpose is it directed? These theories deal with the concepts of adaptation, psychosexual development, cognitive development, learning, and social roles.

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Table of contents

  • The Person as Patient - Psychosocial Perspectives for the Health Care Professional *
  • Contents *
  • Contributors *
  • Preface ix
  • Dedication xii
  • 1 - Of Systems and Theories i
  • 2 - A System of Ecology 10
  • 3 - Development through Life: Fundamental Patterns 24
  • 4 - Normal Growth and Development in the Infant and Young Child 43
  • 5 - The Adolescent Years 67
  • 6 - The Adult Years 99
  • 7 - Normal Aging 123
  • 8 - Aging with Illness 148
  • 9 - Long-Term Care: Living with Chronic Illness 169
  • 10 - Self-Efficacy 186
  • 11 - The Relationship between Health Practitioner and Patient 197
  • 12 - Bioethics 212
  • 13 - The Process of Making Judgments 230
  • 14 - Communication in the Therapeutic Context 244
  • Glossary of Terms 263
  • Index 269
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