Development Psychology (251009)

Learning Outcomes

The UC should allow future social workers identify the key moments of psychological development throughout life (birth, childhood, adolescence, adulthood and old age), think about the different psychic realities and consolidate content inherent in the developmental process of the human being.

Study Program

1. Introduction to Developmental Psychology 
1.1. Object 
2. Fundamental theoretical models 
2.1. From the psychology of the "big stadiums" 
2.2. The life cycle approach and contextualized approaches 
2.3. Newborn Development and Mother – Baby Interaction: The Importance of Linking 
3. Cognitive and psychosocial development in childhood 
3.1. Cognitive development: characteristics and implications of "sensorimotor" development; Implications of building representation capacity; "Preoperative" and "concrete operative" thinking 
3.2. Psychosocial development: Role of parents - expectations and attachment; Erikson's theory and development in childhood; 
4. Cognitive and psychosocial development in adolescence 
4.1. Physical growth: pubertal transformations, interindividual differences, psychological effects of puberty; 
4.2. Cognitive development: construction of formal thinking, "universality", learning of formal thinking and information processing; 
4.3. Genesis and identity construction and self-esteem in adolescence; 
4.4. Development of socialization.
5. Adult and Elderly Development 
5.1. The Emergence of Adulthood: The Emerging Adult Concept 
5.2. Adulthood and old age: stability or change? The transformations in the Young Adult, Adult and Elderly 
5.3. Physical development (health and physical changes; reproductive issues; longevity) and cognitive development 
5.3.1. 5.4 Psychosocial development and main approaches: Trace models; Typological; Normative Crisis; of Event Sequence 
6. Development and aging of biological, cognitive, emotional and social systems 
6.1. Active Aging and Healthy Lifestyles 
6.2. The transition to retirement and retirement.
6.3. Educate for the process of loss, mourning, death and dying



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