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Loevinger, Jane (1918–2008)

  1. Randy J. Larsen

Published Online: 30 JAN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470479216.corpsy0475

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

How to Cite

Larsen, R. J. 2010. Loevinger, Jane (1918–2008). Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1–2.

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  1. Washington University

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 30 JAN 2010


Jane Loevinger was well known for her work in psychometrics, her theory of ego development, and her widely used assessment instrument, the Washington University Sentence Completion Test. Born February 6, 1918, in St. Paul, Minnesota, Loevinger was the third of five children of Gustavus and Millie (Strause) Loevinger. Her father was a German immigrant who became a district court judge. Her mother was a part-time schoolteacher and amateur pianist. Loevinger finished high school a semester early and enrolled at the University of Minnesota. She went to Jack Darley for vocational counseling and was told that psychology was “too mathematical” for her, whereupon she immediately enrolled in trigonometry and declared psychology as her major. Loevinger graduated magna cum laude in psychology at the age of 19, and a year later earned a Master of Science in psychometrics, also from the University of Minnesota (1939).


  • ego development;
  • life cycle;
  • sentence completion test;
  • stage theory