A process of age-related changes in growth, feelings and thinking across the lifespan
What are the four assumptions of lifespan perspective?
1) Development is lifelong 2) It is multidimensional and multidirectional 3) It is highly plastic 4) There are multiple interacting forces
Development is influenced by a complex blend of biological, personal and social forces
Development is a joint expression of growth and decline; change is not linear; it is dynamic, not static.
The possibility of change. Human traits can be molded into different forms and yet people maintain a durability of identity. Some aspects of development have the capacity for change whereas others do not.
Events that are strongly related to age and therefore fairly predictable in when they occur and how long they last.