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ERIC Number: EJ1008012
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-May
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 59
ISSN: ISSN-0012-1649
Developmental Regulation across the Life Span: Toward a New Synthesis
Haase, Claudia M.; Heckhausen, Jutta; Wrosch, Carsten
Developmental Psychology, v49 n5 p964-972 May 2013
How can individuals regulate their own development to live happy, healthy, and productive lives? Major theories of developmental regulation across the life span have been proposed (e.g., dual-process model of assimilation and accommodation; motivational theory of life-span development; model of selection, optimization, and compensation), but they have rarely been integrated. We provide an integration of key processes and predictions postulated by the 3 theories. Moreover, we present evidence from 2 age-heterogeneous, cross-sectional studies showing that the different processes of developmental regulation proposed by the different theories center around 3 key processes (i.e., goal engagement, goal disengagement, and metaregulation), which are positively associated with age and well-being. We conclude by proposing an agenda for future research. (Contains 2 tables, 1 figure, and 2 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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