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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1979, Vol 24(9), 727–728. Robert R. Sears responds to Daniel J. Levinson's comments (see record 2006-06570-068) on Sears's review (see record 2006-06403-001) of the book, The Seasons of a Man's Life by Levinson et al (1978). Sears states that if Levinson had included the definition of structure he gives in his letter in the book itself, there would have been no cause for misunderstanding. In fact, although structure is thus clearly made the central subject of Levinson's theory, the book never defined the term at all. This is a significant fault of the book. Sears does not accept Levinson's objection to Sears' description of his theory as a “stage theory.” There is nothing more hierarchical about Freud's, Piaget's, or Kohlberg's theories than there is about Levinson's. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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