Adult Development, Therapy, and Culture

A Postmodern Synthesis

  • Gerald Young

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Prologue: A 25-Step Developmental Model

    1. Gerald Young
      Pages 1-15
  3. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 17-17
    2. Gerald Young
      Pages 19-31
    3. Gerald Young
      Pages 33-59
  4. Self and Family Development

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 61-61
    2. Gerald Young
      Pages 63-85
    3. Gerald Young
      Pages 87-96
  5. Sociocultural Development

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 97-97
  6. Coconstructed Ameliorations of Vygotskian Theory

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 145-145
    2. Gerald Young
      Pages 147-170
    3. Gerald Young
      Pages 171-190
  7. Therapy and Epistemology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 191-191
    2. Gerald Young
      Pages 193-227
    3. Gerald Young
      Pages 229-245
    4. Gerald Young
      Pages 247-258
  8. Conclusions

  9. Back Matter
    Pages 333-380

About this book


This volume proposes a theoretical integration of several major streams in contemporary psychological theory about adult development and therapy. It adopts the perspective that there are steps in development throughout the adult period, and that they are characterized by a union of the cognitive and affective, the self and the other, and idea with idea (in second-order collective abstractions). That is, they are at once postformal in terms of Piaget's theory, sociocultural in terms ofVygotsky's theory, and postmodern­ with the latter perspective providing an integrating theme. The affirmative, multivoiced, contextual, relational, other-sensitive side ofpostmodernism is emphasized. Levinas's philosophy of responsibility for the other is seen as congruent with this ethos. The neopiagetian model of development on which the current ap­ proach is based proposes that the last stage in development concerns collective intelligence, or postmodern, postformal thought. Kegan (1994) has attempted independently to describe adult development from the same perspective. His work on the development of the postmodern mind of the adult is groundbreaking and impressive in its depth. However, I ana­ lyze the limitations as well as the contributions of his approach, under­ scoring the advantages of my particular model.


Self communication culture development evolution family family development perception psychotherapy therapy

Authors and affiliations

  • Gerald Young
    • 1
  1. 1.Glendon CollegeYork UniversityTorontoCanada

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag US 1997
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4757-9017-7
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4757-9015-3
  • Series Print ISSN 1566-709X
  • Buy this book on publisher's site