Concepts of growth and development

Baldwin, Adele (2010) Concepts of growth and development. In: Berman, Audrey, Snyder, Shirlee J., Kozier, Barbara, Erb, Glenora, Levett-Jones, Tracy, Dwyer, Trudy, Hales, Majella, Harvey, Nichole, Luxford, Yoni, Moxham, Lorna, Park, Tanya, Parker, Barbara, Reid-Searl, Kerry, and Stanley, David, (eds.) Kozier and Erb's Fundamentals of Nursing. Pearson Australia, Frenchs Forest, NSW, Australia, pp. 362-380.

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Chapter 20: The terms growth and development both refer to dynamic processes. Often used interchangeably, these terms have different meanings. Growth is physical change and increase in size. It can be measured quantitatively. Indicators of growth include height, weight, bone size and dentition. The pattern of physiologic growth is similar for all people. However, growth rates vary during different stages of growth and development. The growth rate is rapid during the prenatal, neonatal, infancy and adolescent stages and slows during childhood. Physical growth is minimal during adulthood.

Development is an increase in the complexity of function and skill progression. It is the capacity and skill of a person to adapt to the environment. Development is the behavioural aspect of growth (e.g. a person develops the ability to walk, to talk and to run).

Growth and development are independent, interrelated processes. For example, an infant's muscles, bones and nervous system must grow to a certain point before the infant is able to sit up or walk. Growth generally takes place during the first 20 years of life; development takes place during that time and also continues after that point. Principles of growth and development are shown in Box 20.1.

LEARNING OUTCOMES - Differentiate between the terms growth and development. - Describe essential principles related to growth and development. - List factors that influence growth and development. - Explain the concept of temperament. - Describe the stages of growth and development according to various theorists. - Describe characteristics and implications of Freud's five stages of development. - Identify Erikson's eight stages of development. - Identify developmental tasks associated with Havighurst's six age periods. - Compare Peck's and Gould's stages of adult development. - Explain Piaget's theory of cognitive development. - Compare Kohlberg's and Gilligan's theories of moral development. - Compare Fowler's and Westerhoff's stages of spiritual development.

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ISBN: 978-1-4425-0469-1
Keywords: accommodation, adaptation, adaptive mechanisms, assimilation, cognitive development, defence mechanisms, development, developmental stage, developmental task, ego, fixation, growth, libido, moral, moral behaviour, moral development, morality, personality, superego, temperament, unconscious mind
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