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Psychol Rev. 2010 Jan;117(1):32-60. doi: 10.1037/a0017668.

A motivational theory of life-span development.

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Department of Psychology and Social Behavior, University of California, Irvine, CA 92697-7085, USA. jutta.heckhausen@uci.edu

Abstract

This article had four goals. First, the authors identified a set of general challenges and questions that a life-span theory of development should address. Second, they presented a comprehensive account of their Motivational Theory of Life-Span Development. They integrated the model of optimization in primary and secondary control and the action-phase model of developmental regulation with their original life-span theory of control to present a comprehensive theory of development. Third, they reviewed the relevant empirical literature testing key propositions of the Motivational Theory of Life-Span Development. Finally, because the conceptual reach of their theory goes far beyond the current empirical base, they pointed out areas that deserve further and more focused empirical inquiry.

PMID:
20063963
PMCID:
PMC2820305
DOI:
10.1037/a0017668
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