Whatever Happened to…? Updating Developmental Psychology's Theoretical Traditions

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1993, Vol 38(12), 1313–1314. Reviews the book, Six Theories of Child Development: Revised Formulations and Current Issues edited by Ross Vasta (see record 1992-98662-000). Good theories are altered by new research findings and emphases. Keeping up with changes that occur in piecemeal form is not an easy task, however, and Ross Vasta performed a substantial service when he asked representatives of the major theoretical traditions influencing developmental psychology to present the latest edition of their approach and to address future challenges. Overall the chapters in this volume adequately serve their intended purpose. They would make an excellent text for senior undergraduate and graduate students, although some additions might be necessary. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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