He began his studies of the social sciences at the University of California, Berkeley , whereat he completed his dissertation on ethnocentrism in Levinson believed that the pre-adulthood stage, early adulthood transition, early adulthood stage, midlife transition, middle adulthood stage, late adulthood transition, and late adulthood stage made up a person's life. Levinson studied men and women who were all in the same age group, making his results and conclusions subject to cohort effects. He suggests that role definition is multifactorial and thereby based on both intrapersonal and environmental contexts.
Daniel Levinson graduated from Yale as a psychologist. He later developed a comprehensive theory of adult development. This theory is important because it is one of the only ones which suggests that development and growth happens well into the adult years. At the center of Levinson's theory is the life structure. This is an underlying pattern of an individual's life at any given point in time.
In order to do so effectively, he must differentiate between the life course and the life cycle. The life course, as he sees it, is the chronological process of living; from the beginning of life until the end. The life cycle on the other hand, is the common sequence of stages that every person undergoes during their life cycle. Although specific experiences may vary, the life cycle is common to all people and each person progresses through the same set of stages.
In this lesson, you will be given a biography of psychologist, Daniel Levinson, a timeline of accomplishments, and an overview of his theory of adult development. Following this lesson will be a brief quiz. Who was Daniel Levinson? A lot can happen in childhood that shape us as people, but adulthood is only the beginning of a whole new set of phases and growth!