Chapter 21. Applications of Developmental Systems Theory to Benefit Human Development

On the Contributions of Gilbert Gottlieb to Individuals, Families, and Communities

  1. Kathryn E. Hood1,
  2. Carolyn Tucker Halpern2,
  3. Gary Greenberg3 and
  4. Richard M. Lerner4
  1. Richard M. Lerner,
  2. Michelle J. Boyd,
  3. Megan K. Kiely,
  4. Christopher M. Napolitano and
  5. Kristina L. Schmid

Published Online: 13 AUG 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444327632.ch21

Handbook of Developmental Science, Behavior, and Genetics

Handbook of Developmental Science, Behavior, and Genetics

How to Cite

Lerner, R. M., Boyd, M. J., Kiely, M. K., Napolitano, C. M. and Schmid, K. L. (2010) Applications of Developmental Systems Theory to Benefit Human Development, in Handbook of Developmental Science, Behavior, and Genetics (eds K. E. Hood, C. T. Halpern, G. Greenberg and R. M. Lerner), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444327632.ch21

Editor Information

  1. 1

    The Pennsylvania State University, USA

  2. 2

    University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA

  3. 3

    Wichita State University, USA

  4. 4

    Tufts University, USA

Author Information

  1. Tufts University, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 13 AUG 2010
  2. Published Print: 13 SEP 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405187824

Online ISBN: 9781444327632



  • developmental systems theory to human development applications - Gilbert Gottlieb's contributions to individuals, families and communities;
  • developmental science potential - optimizing human life course;
  • Gottlieb's developmental systems model - for application of developmental systems theory;
  • human development, organized, systematic and successive changes - within a person's life span;
  • developmental systems theories - and A Relational Metamodel;
  • relational thinking and rejection of Cartesian splits - levels of organization within ecology of human development, integrated or fused;
  • changing gene (or organism)-context relations - key foci of developmental and evolutionary analysis;
  • applied developmental science (ADS) - actions promoting positive development;
  • scope of applied developmental science (ADS) and ADS activities;
  • sensitivity to individual differences and within-person change


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • The Contemporary Features of Human Developmental Science

  • Gilbert Gottlieb's View of Epigenesis

  • From Phylogeny to Ontogeny

  • Applied Developmental Science: An Overview

  • Conclusions

  • Acknowledgment

  • References