Childhood Development And Development Of Children Essay

2105 Words May 14th, 2016 9 Pages
As children grow older, they develop in several different ways; these changes typically occur between birth and the end of adolescence, as the child goes from dependency to increasing autonomy (Fowler, 1981). Child development covers physical, psychological, social, emotional and even spiritual changes. Despite the process having an almost predictable sequence, the rate at which children grow and mature can vary widely depending on circumstances, experiences and individual adaption. Developmental change occurs as a result of a genetically-controlled process known as ‘maturation’ and environmental factors (Fowler, 1981). It is also in our human nature to have the ability to learn from our environment. The optimal development of children is key to a functioning society so it is important to understand the many different ways in which adolescents develop over time. Moreover, two significant developments I will examine about a child’s lifespan are the changes that they experience both psychologically and spiritually. More specifically, this paper will examine childhood development when looking first, through a psychological lens and then through a theological lens with reference to some influential contributors like Jean Piaget, James Fowler and Jack Balswick. Increased research and interest in this field can result in newly developed theories, a better understanding of the diverse phases that take place during adolescent development and how these developmental stages are…

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