Researchers who study lifespan development approach the field from several perspectives. Each general perspective encompasses one or more theories – broad, organized explanations and predictions concerning phenomena of interest. Developmental theories provide a framework for understanding the relationships among a seemingly unorganized set of fact or principles.
Detail one human growth and development theory and discuss its empirical support. Then read Defining Spiritual Development: A Missing Consideration for Student Affairs (Love & Talbot, 2009), and discuss research on spiritual development and how it could be connected to the other areas of development (physical, emotional, and social).