The Person in Context: A Holistic-Interactionistic Approach†
Theoretical Models of Human Development
Published Online: 1 JUN 2007
Copyright © 2006 John Wiley & Sons, Inc. All rights reserved.
Handbook of Child Psychology
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Magnusson, D. and Stattin, H. 2007. The Person in Context: A Holistic-Interactionistic Approach. Handbook of Child Psychology.
- Published Online: 1 JUN 2007
The need for a holistic general model for the design, implementation, and interpretation of studies on specific psychological issues is motivated by the circumstances that an individual functions as an indivisible, integrated organism and develops in a dynamic, complex process of change from birth to death in continuous interaction with the environment. The holistic approach has the following consequences: Strict consideration to the basic principles of developmental change–transformation with novelty and emergence, functional interaction, organization, and integration. The maintenance of a close link between the characteristic features of the target phenomena and the research strategy and methodological tools being applied in each specific case– the application of the appropriate measurement model.
- basic principles;
- individual development;
- interactionistic holism;
- measurement models;
- research strategies