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ERIC Number: EJ871448
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jan
Pages: 29
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0033-295X
A Motivational Theory of Life-Span Development
Heckhausen, Jutta; Wrosch, Carsten; Schulz, Richard
Psychological Review, v117 n1 p32-60 Jan 2010
This article had four goals. First, the authors identified a set of general challenges and questions that a life-span theory of development should address. Second, they presented a comprehensive account of their Motivational Theory of Life-Span Development. They integrated the model of optimization in primary and secondary control and the action-phase model of developmental regulation with their original life-span theory of control to present a comprehensive theory of development. Third, they reviewed the relevant empirical literature testing key propositions of the Motivational Theory of Life-Span Development. Finally, because the conceptual reach of their theory goes far beyond the current empirical base, they pointed out areas that deserve further and more focused empirical inquiry. (Contains 2 tables, 4 figures and 2 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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