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Developmental Psychology

Developmental Psychology

Aim of the Course

“Grace builds on Nature” by integrating the findings of Developmental Psychology with Christian Spirituality.

To understand the different stages of life-span development, the “crisis” of each stage, and its impact on spiritual growth.

To trace the human journey toward self-actualization and to recognize its parallel in the spiritual journey.

Course Content

An overview of Developmental Psychology: purpose of study, life stages, outline of psychological theories of life-span development.

Freud’s theory of psychosexual development in childhood.

Erikson’s psychosocial theories.

Maslow’s theory of self-actualization.

Psychological growth and Christian maturity.


A 10 - 15 page typewritten research paper

Credit: 3

Select Bibliography

Erikson, Erik H. Identity and the Life Cycle. London: W. Norton & Co., 1980.

Hall, Calvin S. A Primer of Freudian Psychology. New York: Mentor Book, 1979

Hurlock, Elizabeth B. Developmental Psychology: A Life-Span Approach, New York: McGraw Hill, 1980

Levinson, Daniel J. The Seasons of a Man’s Life. New York Publications: Balantine Books, 1978

Richo, David. How To Be An Adult: A Handbook on Psychological and Spiritual Integration. New York: Paulist Press, 1991

Whitehead, Evelyn E. & James D. Christian Life Patterns: The Psychological Challenges and Religious Invitations of Adult Life. New York: Image Books, 1982

Lecture Hours

To be confirmed


Fr. Michael Raymond