The Study of Behavioral Development

The Study of Behavioral Development

1st Edition - January 28, 1973

Write a review

  • Author: Joachim F. Wohlwill
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483276533

Purchase options

Purchase options
DRM-free (PDF)
Sales tax will be calculated at check-out

Institutional Subscription

Free Global Shipping
No minimum order


The Child Psychology Series: The Study of Behavioral Development concerns the formulation of general laws of development, transcending the realm of the development of the individual from infancy to maturity. This book provides a systematic treatment of problems of research design, strategy, and data analysis that relate specifically to the study of developmental changes in behavior. The topics discussed include developmental psychology in the 1970s, age variable in psychological research, and programmatic view of the task of developmental psychology. The problems of measurement and quantification in developmental psychology, correlational methods in the study of developmental change, and experimental manipulation of developmental change are also elaborated. This publication is recommended for psychologists, specialists, and students learning the nature of behavioral change.

Table of Contents

  • Preface


    Part I Introduction

    Chapter I. Developmental Psychology, Past and Present

    A Brief Historical Sketch

    Developmental Psychology in the 1970s

    Developmental Psychology: Experimental or Differential?

    Chapter II. The Age Variable in Psychological Research

    The Focus on Change and Its Implications

    Change as an Inherent Aspect of Behavior

    Some Further Objections to the Use of Age as a Variable in Psychology

    Age as a Neutral Variable: Vice or Virtue?

    The Age Variable and the Problem of Control in Differential Studies

    The Concept of the Developmental Function

    Chapter III. Beyond Age-Group Comparison: A Programmatic View of the Task of Developmental Psychology

    A Hierarchical Model for the Study of Developmental Problems

    Part II Quantification, Dimensionalization, and Design

    Chapter IV. Problems of Measurement and Quantification in Developmental Psychology

    Four Prototype Cases in the Measurement of Developmental Change

    The Qualitative Versus Quantitative Character of Developmental Change

    Major Obstacles in the Way of Quantitative Analysis of Developmental Change

    Units in the Measurement of Developmental Change

    Chapter V. The Dimensionalization of Development: The Discovery and Definition of Developmental Dimensions

    The Dimensionalization of Development Illustrated for Three Response Variables

    The Search for Developmental Dimensions


    Chapter VI. The Dimensionalization of Development (Continued): The Construction of Developmental Scales

    Four Steps in the Construction of Developmental Scales

    The Dimensionalization of Qualitative Changes

    The Two Models of Scalogram Analysis: Cumulative and Disjunctive

    The Use of Scalogram Analysis for the Study of Developmental Sequences (Case III Data)

    Part III Major Paradigms of Developmental Research

    Chapter VII. Longitudinal versus Cross-Sectional Methodology

    Cross-Sectional Designs: Shortcut or Short-Change?

    Two-Versus Three-Factor Models in the Design of Developmental Research

    Purposes of Longitudinal Data

    Major Drawbacks of the Longitudinal Method

    Shortcuts to Longitudinal Data

    Chapter VIII. The Descriptive Study of Developmental Change

    Charting the Course of Developmental Change Along Scalar Dimensions

    Descriptive Analysis with Respect to Qualitative Change

    Chapter IX The Study of Developmental Stages

    Stage as a Horizontal-Structure Concept

    Models for the Analysis of Developmental-Stage Data

    Prototype Response Matrices and Illustrative Examples for Each Model

    Approaches to Data Analysis in the Study of Stages

    Conclusion: Stages—Mirage or Reality?

    Chapter X. Correlational Methods in the Study of Developmental Change

    Five Levels of Elaboration in the Multivariate Study of Age Changes

    Conclusion: The Place of Correlation Analysis in the Study of the Patterning of Developmental Change

    Chapter XI. The Experimental Manipulation of Developmental Change

    Four Paradigms of Experimental-Developmental Research

    Major Problems in the Design of Research on the Effects of Controlled Experience

    Problems of Control and Behavior Monitoring in Early Experience Research

    The Problem of Causal Inference in Experimental Studies of Development

    The Acquisition of Conservation: The Acceleration Approach to the Interpretation of a Developmental Phenomenon

    Conclusion: The Dilemma of the Conservation-Training Study

    Chapter XII. Individual Differences in Development

    The Development of Cognitive Styles: Developmental or Differential?

    Individual Differences as an Aspect of Developmental Functions

    The Developmental Aspect of Individual Differences

    The Study of Stability and Continuity in Behavior

    Stability in the Multivariate Sense

    Concluding Comments



    Author Index

    Subject Index

Product details

  • No. of pages: 428
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 1973
  • Published: January 28, 1973
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483276533

About the Author

Joachim F. Wohlwill

About the Editor

David S. Palermo

Ratings and Reviews

Write a review

There are currently no reviews for "The Study of Behavioral Development"