Doctoral students often ask, “How do I decide what theory to use in my dissertation or DSW capstone study?” Sometimes, researchers select their theory based on the study population. For example, if a researcher is studying middle-age adults, it may make sense to use a life span development theory. Or perhaps the researcher is studying characteristics inherent to a particular stage of life; then it may also make sense to use a life span development theory.Before you choose a theory to apply to your study population, consider whether the theoretical concepts or constructs reflect a Western perspective and are insensitive to the needs of the target population. Some scholars, for example, have questioned whether theories developed by theorists who hold White European or Anglo-American cultural perspectives respect the values from other cultures that may be more collectivist.As you read the articles for this Assignment, pay particular attention to how Griffin, Mroczek, and Wesbecher critique the life span theories.To prepare:
Submit a 2- to 3-page analysis that addresses the following:
Be sure to:
Robbins, S. P., Chatterjee, P., Canda, E. R., & Leibowitz, G. S. (2019). Contemporary human behavior theory: A critical perspective for social work (4th ed.). Pearson.
Chapter 8, “Theories of Life Span Development”
Chapter 14, “Application of Theories” (Note: Focus on the information in this chapter that is related to theories of life span development.)
Warburton, J., McLaughlin, D., & Pinsker, D. (2006). Generative acts: Family and community involvement of older Australians. The International Journal of Aging & Human Development, 63(2), 115–137. doi:10.2190/9TE3-T1G1-333V-3DT8
Nguyen, H., Lee, J.-A., Sorkin, D. H., & Gibbs, L. (2019). “Living happily despite having an illness:” Perceptions of healthy aging among Korean American, Vietnamese American, and Latino older adults. Applied Nursing Research, 48, 30–36. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apnr.2019.04.002
Griffin, P. W., Mroczek, D. K., & Wesbecher, K. (2015). Personality development across the lifespan: Theory, research, and application. In P. A. Lichtenberg, B. T. Mast, B. D. Carpenter, & J. Loebach Wetherell (Eds.), APA handbooks in psychology: APA handbook of clinical geropsychology: History and status of the field and perspectives on aging (Vol. 1, pp. 217–234). American Psychological Association. https://doi.org/10.1037/14458-010
Bettinger, T. V. (2010). Ethical and methodological complexities in research involving sexual minorities. New Horizons in Adult Education and Human Resource Development, 24(1), 43–58. https://doi.org/10.1002/nha3.10372
Levy, D. L. (2009). Gay and lesbian identity development: An overview for social workers. Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment, 19(8), 978–993. https://doi.org/10.1080/10911350903126866
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