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Re: [xmca] Fwd: NYTimes.com: What Is It About 20-Somethings?

My take on Arnett's and other's proposal - that there is "developing adult" developmental stage - analogous, as the article describes, to the discovery of the developmental stage "adolescence" by Stanley Hall in 1904 - is that this is the beginning of extending developmental psychology as a discipline into the study of adulthood, which is long overdue. Here, as in many other places, CHAT has marvelous opportunities to shed light. My own thinking is that adults, like children, also have their "stages" of development, although not the kind of rigid stages that Richard Lerner describes. Page 8, where Lerner is quoted to counterbalance Arnett, is not a bad place to begin the article, for those wanting to browse. Says Lerner: “The core idea of classical stage theory is that all people — underscore ‘all’ — pass through a series of qualitatively different periods in an invariant and universal sequence in stages that can’t be skipped or reordered ...” I think CHAT can come up with a better way of understanding adult development than that ...

- Steve

On Aug 29, 2010, at 1:10 PM, mike cole wrote:

This article takes up transition to adulthood. Among the things that I found interesting in it was Lerner's position on stages. Reminiscent of Tolman's argument with Lerner in his article. Lerner is the "mr contextualist" of developmental psychology, which really makes his arguments about stages
contradictory to me.

and you?

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