2.1 Developmental Theories

Knowledge and application of developmental theory constitute a foundational component of the PMHNP role. You will need to expand your knowledge of theories for professional practice. This week you will choose an attachment, behavioral, cognitive, humanistic, or biological developmental theory.

Using your chosen theory, identify what happens as individuals move through developmental stages. Address the following 

  • How can interruptions in the achievement of developmental stages affect an individual?
  • According to your theory, identify the developmental vulnerabilities that could precipitate mental health symptoms.
  • Identify similarities and differences among developmental theories. 
  • Compare how your chosen theory and the other theories describe/explain how mental health symptoms may arise.