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pertaining to development.
developmental disorder
2. a former classification of chronic disorders of mental development with onset in childhood. Such disorders are now classifed as mental retardation, learning disorders, motor skills disorder, communication disorders, or pervasive developmental disorders.
developmental tasks fundamental achievements that must be accomplished at each stage of life, arising at or near critical stages in the maturation of an individual; successful attainment leads to a healthy self-image and success with later tasks. Failure to achieve developmental tasks at one stage leads to unhappiness in the individual, disapproval of society, and difficulty in accomplishing later developmental tasks.

Two major primary origins of developmental tasks are physical maturation and cultural pressures and privileges. Secondary origins are derived from the first two and are found in the aspirations and values of the individual.

Family developmental tasks are those that must be attained to assure survival of the family and its continuance as a unit. Examples include (1) providing shelter, food, clothing, health care, and other essentials needed by its members, (2) establishing ways of interacting, communicating, and expressing affection, (3) maintaining morale and motivation, (4) rewarding achievement, (5) meeting personal and family crises, (6) setting attainable goals for family members, and (7) developing family loyalties and values.


pertaining to development.

developmental anomaly
absence, deformity or excess of body parts as the result of faulty development of the embryo. Called also developmental defect.
developmental defect
see developmental anomaly (above).

Patient discussion about developmental

Q. Is pervasive developmental disorder (PDD) or autism is fatal……what exactly it is……?

A. Autism is not fatal in its symptom and progression but it can become fatal as it does impair normal physiological function it CAN BE a fatal condition. It’s a group of illness which involves delays in the development of basic skills. It happens to children below age 3. It affects the child`s ability to communicate and interact. Autism affected children are also found to be mentally retarded.

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This information appears informative for those students who seek academic positions, yet neglects the developmental tasks and concerns of those who seek entry-level counseling positions.
For example, a special issue of the Journal of Youth and Adolescence (October, 1995) linked media selection and interpretation with developmental tasks, such as socialization, self-representation, and information seeking regarding developmental issues, especially sex.
Numerous psychologists and sociologists have suggested that individuals progress through distinct career stages, where each career stage is characterized by unique career concerns, psychological needs, and developmental tasks (Arthur, Hall, & Lawrence, 1989; Brown & Brooks, 1996; Vondracek, Lerner, & Schulenberg, 1986).
Table 3 Test for between-group differences in the perceived attainment of developmental tasks (mean score; SD in parentheses).
It is recommended that career planning programs, in general, along with career advisers and counselors, consider adapting or developing interventions that can better address the developmental tasks of these students, particularly as they relate to the crystallization and specification of their career choice.
Peterson (2003) presented a multifaceted affective curriculum for gifted adolescents, including weekly small-group discussion focusing on developmental tasks, guest lectures by community professionals on developmental concerns, and regularly encouraging self-reflection after special program and academic activities.
In transformational work, we regress the client to the developmental stages where the trauma exists and/or where the developmental tasks were derailed.
To explain how infants deal with such conflicts or developmental tasks, Winnicott (195 1) offered the concepts of transitional objects and transitional phenomena.
She provided information on family structure, process, and patterns on interactions; intergenerational influences on career choice; and family life cycle developmental tasks and their relevance to career choices.
School counselors can increase teachers' understanding of depression by providing them with information about risk factors, developmental tasks and challenges, normative and non-normative life occurrences, and internal and external resources involved in the development of depression (Rice & Leffert, 1997).
It is, in other words, the twin developmental tasks of separation and attachment (i.
Erikson, 1963) and developmental tasks (Havighurst, 1972).

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