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Differentiation-Dedifferentiation as a Guiding Principle for the Analysis of Lifespan Development


Zimprich, D; Martin, Mike (2010). Differentiation-Dedifferentiation as a Guiding Principle for the Analysis of Lifespan Development. In: Kruse, A. Leben im Alter : Eigen- und Mitverantwortlichkeit in Gesellschaft, Kultur und Politik ; Festschrift zum 80. Geburtstag von Ursula Lehr. Heidelberg: AKA, 29-38.

Abstract

Differentiation-dedifferentiation as a theoretical construct in lifespan developmental research
has most often been used to describe increasingly similar versus dissimilar between-person
differences in the changes of multiple intellectual abilities. Based on data from the Interdis-
ciplinary Longitudinal Study of Adult Development (ILSE) we argue that differentiation-
dedifferentiation may be used as a general guiding principle in developmental research. We
demonstrate how the principle can be extended towards generally describing multiple traits
between persons that include intellectual abilities and personality, towards describing within-
person longitudinal development, and towards describing micro- and macrodevelopmental
changes within- and between-persons aligning goal-related activities in a way that supports
leading individually meaningful lifes.

Abstract

Differentiation-dedifferentiation as a theoretical construct in lifespan developmental research
has most often been used to describe increasingly similar versus dissimilar between-person
differences in the changes of multiple intellectual abilities. Based on data from the Interdis-
ciplinary Longitudinal Study of Adult Development (ILSE) we argue that differentiation-
dedifferentiation may be used as a general guiding principle in developmental research. We
demonstrate how the principle can be extended towards generally describing multiple traits
between persons that include intellectual abilities and personality, towards describing within-
person longitudinal development, and towards describing micro- and macrodevelopmental
changes within- and between-persons aligning goal-related activities in a way that supports
leading individually meaningful lifes.

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Item Type:Book Section, not refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Psychology
Dewey Decimal Classification:150 Psychology
Language:English
Date:2010
Deposited On:20 Dec 2010 15:55
Last Modified:07 Dec 2017 05:02
Publisher:AKA
ISBN:978-3-89838-637-1

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