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GED2004 Developmental Psychology: A Tour of Personality and the-Self Formation: Home

Course Description

This course will include content on individual and family development across the lifespan. Specific emphasis will be given to developmentally appropriate and atypical transitions related to common concerns in developmental psychology. The course will also explore some of the more commonly used personality assessment measures, cultural influences on development and personality theory. Finally, this course will provide an insight into various ways of enhancing a person's self-esteem and self-image. 

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