The life course and the human ecological views of human development also take aview of developmental processes as relational in character. The life course perspectivesignificantly extends the analysis of the developmental process beyond the individual byconsidering the contributions that institutional structure, function, and change make to theperson-context relation and, as well, to the experience of both individuals and groups ofindividuals (cohorts) developing within specific historical periods. For example, peoplewho were children during the economically difficult period of the Great Depressiondeveloped differently across their lives than did people who experienced their childhoodyears in more economically favorable historical periods .


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