Developmental Psychology: Definition, Theorists & Types of Growth


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Developmental psychology involves studying how we change

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1. Psychological development is influenced by

2. How are the studies of Piaget, Kohlberg, and Erikson similar?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The multiple-choice questions on this quiz/worksheet combo will assess your knowledge of what developmental psychology encompasses, Jean Piaget's research and debates in the field. You'll also need to define some vocabulary terms related to developmental psychology.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Test yourself with questions on the following:

  • What the field of developmental psychology studies
  • The factors influencing psychological development
  • Jean Piaget's main focus
  • The term for things that are unchanged as we grow
  • How a child's development could be impacted by nurturing

Skills Practiced

  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main terms, such as psychological development
  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on the elements of developmental psychology
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding Jean Piaget's area of study and interpret it correctly

Additional Learning

The accompanying lesson, Intro to Developmental Psychology, covers this topic in more detail. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Recognize Jean Piaget and his contributions to the field
  • Know the research focuses of Erik Erikson and Lawrence Kohlberg
  • Review the London study and its results
  • Explore the nature vs. nurture debate