The self as a developmental concept

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The sine qua non of a constructivist view of development is the notion of self. While the organism is acted upon both by its biology and by the culture in which it lives, it is the active process of interpretation of behavior which is the psychological phenomenon. Examples of this are given where the role of knowledge of the self and other are used to explain sex-role behavior.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)416-419
Number of pages4
JournalHuman Development
Issue number6
StatePublished - 1979
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology


  • Infants
  • Models
  • Self-concept
  • Sex roles
  • Social behavior
  • Theories


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