Three Theories Regarding Development of a Child



Three Theories Regarding Development of a Child
George Jettson
PSY104: Child and Adolescent Development
Instructor: Janet Stebbins
July 8’th, 2013

2 Three Theories Regarding Development of a Child A child’s development is a mysterious, and yet, familiar entity. Throughout the last couple centuries, there have been many theories and documented findings regarding the development of a child from conception, to adulthood, and beyond. These findings and supporting research are necessary in order to better understand the thought process that dictate how a person learns, behaves. Sigmund Freud is widely regarded as one of the groundbreaking pioneers in the field of child development. His work on psychoanalytic development has laid many of the foundations for future research that has revolutionized modern medicine. Erik Erikson’s psychosocial development and Ivan Pavlov’s, B.F. Skinner and John Watson’s learning theory have furthered our understanding of the complex field of Psychology and have revolutionized modern medicine. In each of these theories, there is a clear explanation as to the traits that influence a person’s development. The goal of this paper is to examine these three development theories and then compare and contrast their merits and impact modern practice regarding child development from the prenatal stages through adolescence.
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Psychoanalytic Perspective “Sigmund Freud constructed his psychoanalytic theory in the early part of the 1900s. He developed his ideas mostly from his therapeutic sessions with adults, many of who complained of various psychosomatic disorders. Freud theorized that his patients exhibited physical symptoms due to unconscious processes related to childhood conflicts. He believed that our most...