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Hans-Werner Wahl & Andreas Kruse

In: Middle Adulthood: A Lifespan Perspective

Chapter One: Historical Perspectives of Middle Age within the Life Span

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Historical Perspectives of Middle Age within the Life Span
Historical perspectives of middle age within the life span
Hans-WernerWahlAndreasKruse

To our knowledge, there has never been a historical treatise on the concept of middle age or middle adulthood (we will use these terms interchangeably throughout this chapter) within lifespan developmental psychology and lifespan developmental science. At most, the role of adult development in the middle of the life cycle has been touched on here and there in historical treatises such as Groffmann's essay, “Life-Span Developmental Psychology in Europe: Past and Present,” which appeared in Goulet and Baltes' (1970)Life-Span Developmental Psychology: Research and Theory Naturally, poets and philosophers have written much about the human life course, including middle age, over the centuries. Nonetheless, a systematic treatise on the ...

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