Exploring Developmental Theories

Toward A Structural/Behavioral Model of Development

By Frances Degen Horowitz

© 1987 – Psychology Press

232 pages

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About the Book

Through the evaluation and integration of developmental theories, this volume proposes a new structural/behavioral model of development. Dr. Horowitz’s model helps account for both the behavioral development of children (with extensions across the life-span) and for the universal and non-universal characteristics in human behavioral development. Exploring Developmental Theories also sheds a new and different light on the nature- nurture or heredity-environment controversy and on the topic of continuity and discontinuity in development.

Exploring Developmental Theories:

*examines the concepts of stage, structure, and systems; organismic theory; and general system theory;

*analyzes open and closed systems as well as organismic and mechanistic world views;

*integrates the concepts associated with organismic and mechanist world views;

*examines learning mechanisms and processes that foster the acquisition of behavior, and

*discusses the strengths and weaknesses of Gessel, Piaget, and behaviorism in accounting for behavioral development.


"This book is a fine and bold attempt to build a model of development. Few try it, and Horowitz is to be commended for both the effort and its results … Horowitz's model is important precisely because she has attempted to overcome what others have considered unbridgeable."

Human Development

Table of Contents

Contents: Overture. Organismic Theory: Stage, Structure, and System. Behaviorism: Processes of Acquisition and Organization of Mechanisms. Environment and Development. Synthesis: A Structural/Behavioral Model of Development. Using the Model for Developmental Research.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Developmental / General