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Social Work 7200: Human Development Through the Life Course

Library guide for SW 7200 Social Work Across the Lifespan course.

Theories of Aging


Johnson, M. (2005). The Cambridge Handbook of Age and Ageing (Cambridge Handbooks in Psychology). Cambridge ; New York: Cambridge University Press.

Bengtson, V., Settersten, R., Kennedy, B., Morrow-Howell, N., & Smith, J. (2016). Handbook of theories of aging (Third ed.).


Achenbaum, W. A., & Bengtson, V. L. (1994). Re-engaging the disengagement theory of aging: On the history and assessment of theory development in gerontology. The Gerontologist, 34(6), 756-763. doi:10.1093/geront/34.6.756

Achenbaum, W. A. (2013). How theory-building prompts explanations about generational connections in the domains of religion, spirituality, and aging. In M. Silverstein, R. Giarrusso, M. Silverstein, R. Giarrusso (Eds.) , Kinship and cohort in an aging society: From generation to generation (pp. 193-208). Baltimore, MD, US: Johns Hopkins University Press.

Dalby, P. (2006). Is there a process of spiritual change or development associated with ageing? A critical review of research. Aging & Mental Health, 10(1), 4-12. doi:10.1080/13607860500307969

Wadensten, B. (2007). The theory of gerotranscendence as applied to gerontological nursing - Part I. International Journal Of Older People Nursing, 2(4), 289-294. doi:10.1111/j.1748-3743.2007.00085.x

Attachment Theories


Bowlby, S., & King, P. (2011). Fifty Years of Attachment Theory Recollections of Donald Winnicott and John Bowlby (WCL). London: Karnac Book.Online access

Shiller, V. (2017). The attachment bond : Affectional ties across the lifespan.

Van der Horst, F. (2011). John Bowlby : From psychoanalysis to ethology : Unravelling the roots of attachment theory. Chichester, West Sussex, UK ; Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell.


Bretherton, I. (1992). The origins of attachment theory: John Bowlby and Mary AinsworthDevelopmental Psychology28(5), 759-775. doi:10.1037/0012-1649.28.5.759

Flores, P. J. (2017). Attachment theory and group psychotherapyInternational Journal Of Group Psychotherapy67(Supp1), S50-S59. doi:10.1080/00207284.2016.1218766

Keller, H. (2013). Attachment and cultureJournal Of Cross-Cultural Psychology44(2), 175-194. doi:10.1177/0022022112472253

Pallini, S., & Barcaccia, B. (2014). A meeting of the minds: John Bowlby encounters Jean Piaget. Review Of General Psychology18(4), 287-292. doi:10.1037/gpr0000016

van Rosmalen, L., van der Horst, F. P., & van der Veer, R. (2016). From secure dependency to attachment: Mary Ainsworth’s integration of Blatz’s security theory into Bowlby’s attachment theory. History Of Psychology19(1), 22-39. doi:10.1037/hop0000015

Schwartz, J. (2015). The unacknowledged history of John Bowlby's attachment theory. British Journal Of Psychotherapy31(2), 251-266. doi:10.1111/bjp.12149


Behaviorism and Social Learning Theories


Grusec, J. E. (1994). Social learning theory and developmental psychology: The legacies of Robert R. Sears and Albert Bandura. In R. D. Parke, P. A. Ornstein, J. J. Rieser, C. Zahn-Waxler, R. D. Parke, P. A. Ornstein, ... C. Zahn-Waxler (Eds.) , A century of developmental psychology (pp. 473-497). Washington, DC, US: American Psychological Association. doi:10.1037/10155-016

Todd, J., & Morris, E. (1995). Modern perspectives on B.F. Skinner and contemporary behaviorism(Contributions in psychology, no. 28). Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press.

Turner, F. (1996). Social work treatment : Interlocking theoretical approaches (4th ed.). New York: Free Press.


Haiying, J., & Benyu, G. (2006). From Neo-behaviorism to Social Constructivism: The Transformation of Albert Bandura's Research ParadigmPsychological Science (China)29(1), 225-227.

Leão, M. C., Laurenti, C., & Haydu, V. B. (2016). Darwinism, radical behaviorism, and the role of variation in Skinnerian explaining behavior. Behavior Analysis: Research And Practice16(1), 1-11. doi:10.1037/bar0000025

Nakazawa, J., Ohnogi, H., Itoh, H., & Sakano, Y. (1988). From social learning theory to social cognitive theory: Recent advances in Bandura's theory and related researchJapanese Psychological Review31(2), 229-251.

Robinson, E. A., & Jacobson, N. S. (1987). Social learning theory and family psychopathology: A Kantian model in behaviorism?. In T. Jacob, T. Jacob (Eds.) , Family interaction and psychopathology: Theories, methods, and findings (pp. 117-162). New York, NY, US: Plenum Press.

Siegel, P. F. (1996). The meaning of behaviorism for B. F. Skinner. Psychoanalytic Psychology13(3), 343-365. doi:10.1037/h0079660

Cognitive & Socio-Cultural Theories


Clegg, J. (2009). The observation of human systems : Lessons from the history of anti-reductionistic empirical psychology. New Brunswick, NJ: Transaction.

Forman, E. (1993). Contexts for learning : Sociocultural dynamics in children's developmentebook


Davidson, K. (2010). The integration of cognitive and sociocultural theories of literacy development: Why? How?Alberta Journal Of Educational Research56(3), 246-256.

Fields, D. A. (2013). Arguing against the underpinnings of Piaget’s theory of development. Theory & Psychology23(6), 855-856. doi:10.1177/0959354313483382

Kozulin, A. (1999). Sociocultural contexts of cognitive theory. Human Development42(2), 78-82. doi:10.1159/000022612

Marginson, S., & Dang, T. A. (2017). Vygotsky’s sociocultural theory in the context of globalizationAsia Pacific Journal Of Education37(1), 116-129.

Prawat, R. S. (1999). Cognitive theory at the crossroads: Head fitting, head splitting, or somewhere in between?Human Development42(2), 59-77. doi:10.1159/000022611

Humanistic Theories


Munro, D., Schumaker, J., & Carr, S. (1997). Motivation and culture. New York: Routledge.

Schneider, K., Pierson, J., & Bugental, J. (2014). The handbook of humanistic psychology theory, research, and practice. Thousand Oaks: SAGE Publications.


Acevedo, A. (2015). A personalistic appraisal of maslow’s needs theory of motivation: From 'humanistic' psychology to integral humanismJournal Of Business Ethics, doi:10.1007/s10551-015-2970-0

DeRobertis, E. M. (2006). Deriving a Humanistic Theory of Child Development From the Works of Carl R. Rogers and Karen HorneyThe Humanistic Psychologist34(2), 177-199. doi:10.1207/s15473333thp3402_5

Farmer, R. (1984). Humanistic education and self-actualization theoryEducation105(2), 162-172.

Moreira, V. (2012). From person-centered to humanistic-phenomenological psychotherapy: The contribution of Merleau-Ponty to Carl Rogers's thought. Person-Centered And Experiential Psychotherapies11(1), 48-63. doi:10.1080/14779757.2012.656410

Taylor, E. (2000). 'What is man, psychologist, that thou art so unmindful of him?': Henry A. Murray on the historical relation between classical personality theory and humanistic psychology. Journal Of Humanistic Psychology40(3), 29-42. doi:10.1177/0022167800403003

Wilson, S. R. (1988). The 'real self' controversy: Toward an integration of humanistic and interactionist theoryJournal Of Humanistic Psychology28(1), 39-65. doi:10.1177/0022167888281003

Winston, C. N. (2016). An existential-humanistic-positive theory of human motivation. The Humanistic Psychologist44(2), 142-163. doi:10.1037/hum0000028

Theories of Intelligence


Barnett, S. M., Ceci, S. J., & Williams, W. M. (2006). Is the Ability to Make a Bacon Sandwich a Mark of Intelligence?, and Other Issues: Some Reflections on Gardner's Theory of Multiple Intelligences. In J. A. Schaler, J. A. Schaler (Eds.) , Howard Gardner under fire: The rebel psychologist faces his critics (pp. 95-114). Chicago, IL, US: Open Court Publishing Co.

Brody, N. (2006). Geocentric Theory: A Valid Alternative to Gardner's Theory of Intelligence. In J. A. Schaler, J. A. Schaler (Eds.) , Howard Gardner under fire: The rebel psychologist faces his critics (pp. 73-94). Chicago, IL, US: Open Court Publishing Co.

Scott, L. (1998). Comparing the Stanford-Binet intelligence test, Fourth edition, and the Wechsler intelligence scale for children, Third edition, in specific learning disability and mild intellectual disability students.


Almeida, L. S., Prieto, M. D., Ferreira, A. I., Bermejo, M. R., Ferrando, M., & Ferrándiz, C. (2010). Intelligence assessment: Gardner multiple intelligence theory as an alternativeLearning And Individual Differences20(3), 225-230. doi:10.1016/j.lindif.2009.12.010

Gunderson, E. A., Hamdan, N., Sorhagen, N. S., & D'Esterre, A. P. (2017). Who needs innate ability to succeed in math and literacy? Academic-domain-specific theories of intelligence about peers versus adults. Developmental Psychology53(6), 1188-1205. doi:10.1037/dev0000282

Klein, P. D. (1997). Multiplying the problems of intelligence by eight: A critique of Gardner's theoryCanadian Journal Of Education22(4), 377-394. doi:10.2307/1585790

Plucker, J. A., Lim, W., & Lee, K. (2017). Viewing Through One Prism or Two? Discriminant Validity of Implicit Theories of Intelligence and Creativity. Psychology Of Aesthetics, Creativity, And The Arts, doi:10.1037/aca0000126

Williams, T. H., McIntosh, D. E., Dixon, F., Newton, J. H., & Youman, E. (2010). Confirmatory factor analysis of the Stanford-Binet Intelligence Scales, Fifth edition, with a high-achieving samplePsychology In The Schools47(10), 1071-1083. doi:10.1002/pits.20525

Theories of Moral Development


Gibbs, J. C. (2014). Moral development and reality: Beyond the theories of Kohlberg, Hoffman, and Haidt., 3rd ed. New York, NY, US: Oxford University Press.

Payne, M., & Campling, J. (2005). Modern social work theory (3rd ed.). Chicago, Ill.: Lyceum Books.


Çam, Z., Seydooğullari, S., Çavdar, D., & Çok, F. (2012). Classical and contemporary approaches for moral developmentKuram Ve Uygulamada Eğitim Bilimleri12(2, Suppl), 1222-1225.

Gibbs, J. C. (1991). Toward an integration of Kohlberg's and Hoffman's moral development theoriesHuman Development34(2), 88-104. doi:10.1159/000277036

Jespersen, K., Kroger, J., & Martinussen, M. (2013). Identity status and moral reasoning: A meta-analysis. Identity: An International Journal Of Theory And Research13(3), 266-280. doi:10.1080/15283488.2013.799472

Rhodes, M. L. (1985). Gilligan's theory of moral development as applied to social workSocial Work30(2), 101-105.

Sullivan, E. V. (1977). A study of Kohlberg's structural theory of moral development: A critique of liberal social science ideology. Human Development20(6), 352-376. doi:10.1159/000271568

Psychodynamic Theories


Berzoff, J., Flanagan, L., & Hertz, P. (2016). Inside out and outside in : Psychodynamic clinical theory and psychopathology in contemporary multicultural contexts (Fourth ed.).

Dufresne, T. (2017). The late Sigmund Freud : Or, the last word on psychoanalysis, society, and all the riddles of life. (Available upon request via ILLiad)

Homans, P., & Jung, C. (1979). Jung in context : Modernity and the making of a psychology. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.


Brandell, J. R. (2013). Psychoanalysis in the Halls of Social Work Academe: Can this Patient be Saved?Journal Of Social Work Practice27(3), 235-248.

Davis, D. A. (1990). Freud's unwritten casePsychoanalytic Psychology7(2), 185-209. doi:10.1037/h0079149

Hoare, C. H. (2005). Erikson's General and Adult Developmental Revisions of Freudian Thought: 'Outward, Forward, Upward'Journal Of Adult Development12(1), 19-31. doi:10.1007/s10804-005-1279-0

McLeod, P. L., & Kettner-Polley, R. B. (2004). Contributions of psychodynamic theories to understanding small groupsSmall Group Research35(3), 333-361. doi:10.1177/1046496404264973

Mishna, F., Van Wert, M., & Asakura, K. (2013). The Best Kept Secret in Social Work: Empirical Support for Contemporary Psychodynamic Social Work PracticeJournal Of Social Work Practice27(3), 289-303.

Wallerstein, R. S. (1998). Erikson's concept of ego identity reconsideredJournal Of The American Psychoanalytic Association46(1), 229-247. doi:10.1177/000306519804600112