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developmental theory
A group of ideas, assumptions, and generalizations that interpret and illuminate the thousands of observations about human growth. In this way, developmental theories provide a framework for explaining the patterns and problems of development.
grand theories
Comprehensive theories of psychology, which have traditionally inspired and directed psychologists' thinking about child development. Psychoanalytic theory, behaviorism, and cognitive theory are all grand theories.
minitheories
Theories that focus on some specific topic. In development, for example, several theories of how infants learn to talk are minitheories. They are less general and comprehensive than the grand theories, although useful in their own right.
emergent theories
Theories that bring together information from many disciplines and are becoming comprehensive and systematic in their interpretations of development but are not yet established and detailed enough to be considered grand theories.
psychoanalytic theory
A grand theory of human development that holds that irrational, unconscious drives and motives, often originating in childhood, underlie human behavior.