chapter  1
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Piaget’s Theory of Formal Operations

Developmental psychologists are quick to talk about matters such as emotional development, social development, personality development, and cognitive development. Because most people share the notion that children develop toward maturity, such terminology may be uncritically accepted. As discussed in the Introduction, however, psychological maturity is a more problematical notion than physical maturity. This raises questions about what we mean by psychological development.