Psych Ch1.1 Vocab

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Psych Ch1.1 Vocab
2012-01-25 23:38:46
Collin College Life Span Psychology

Ch 1.1
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  1. developement
    the pattern of change that begins at conception and continues through the life span. most development involves growth, although it also inclides decline brought on by aging and dying.
  2. life-span psychology
    the prespective that developement is lifelong, mutlidimensional, multidirectional, plastic, multidisiplinary, and contextual. Involves growth, maintainance, and regulation; and is constructed through bilogical, socioculteral, and individual factors working together
  3. normative age-graded influences
    influences that are similar for individuals in a particular age group
  4. normative histor-graded influences
    influences that are common to people of a particular generation because of historical circumstances.
  5. normative life events
    unusual occurances that have a major impact on an individual's life.
  6. culture
    the behaviour patterns, beliefs, and al lother products in a group that are passed on from generation to generation
  7. cross-cultural studies
    comparison of one culture with one or more other cultures. these provide information about the degree to which development is similar, or universal across cultures, and the degree to which it is culture-specific
  8. ethnicity
    a characteristic based on cultural heritage, nationality characterisircs, race, religion and language
  9. socioeconomic status
    refers to the grouping of people with similar occupational, educational, and economic characteristics
  10. gender
    the characteristics of peopel as males or females
  11. social policy
    a national government's course of action designed to promote welfare of its citizens