This volume covers the 22nd Annual Minnesota Symposia on Child Psychology. The theme of the conference was the use of a systematic approach to the study of development. An analysis of systems theory, its applications to the study of development, its benefits, and its drawbacks are considered. The contributors, among the leaders in this field, discuss the application of systems concepts to the analysis of core issues in areas as diverse as motor and social development.
"….There is background information, cogent and creative writing, interesting and captivating illustrations, and clarity of expression; the book is an exciting introduction for readers not familiar with the concept of systems thinking."
"This volume represents a thought provoking collection of five essays based on original papers presented at the 22nd Minnesota Symposium on Child Psychology, held October 29-31, 1987, at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis….Horowitz's illustration of language acquisition across different cultures, is a nice case in point."
—Child Development Abstracts & Bibliography
Contents: S. Oyama, Ontogeny and the Central Dogma: Do We Need the Concept of Genetic Programming in Order to Have Evolutionary Perspective? J.C. Fentress, Developmental Roots of Behavioral Order: Systemic Approaches to the Examination of Core Developmental Issues E. Thelen, Self-Organization in Developmental Processes: Can Systems Approaches Work? J. Belsky, M. Rovine, M. Fish, The Developing Family System G.R. Patterson, L. Bank, Some Amplifying Mechanisms for Pathologic Processes in Families F.D. Horowitz, Commentary: Processes and Systems A.J. Sameroff, Commentary: General Systems and the Regulation of Development.