The dynamic systems approach is a rapidly expanding advancement in the study of developmental research, particularly in the domain of adolescent development. It provides a unique way of examining the subject, and this innovative study of developmental processes helps social scientists to translate dynamic systems conceptualizations into clear empirical research that readers will be able to implement themselves.

The first part of this edited book discusses techniques that describe and assess specific process characteristics such as variability, sudden jumps and attractor states. The second part explores the different techniques for building a dynamic systems model, which can simulate the behaviour of a system to investigate the mechanisms behind the processes. Each chapter describes one technique and is based on a specific practical example of its application in adolescent development. Step-by-step instructions for model-building and examples of ready-made models are provided on the website that belongs to the book: www.psypress.com/dynamic-systems-approach.

This book provides a clear step-by-step description of theories and techniques that are designed for the study of developmental processes, and is therefore ideal for researchers of developmental psychology who do not specialise in statistics or research methods.

chapter |2 pages


BySaskia Kunnen

chapter |11 pages

A dynamic systems approach to adolescent development

BySaskia Kunnen, Paul van Geert

chapter |20 pages

General characteristics of a dynamic systems approach

BySaskia Kunnen, Paul van Geert

part |55 pages

Describing development: The assessment of process characteristics

chapter |5 pages

The search for process characteristics

BySaskia Kunnen

chapter |9 pages

Monte Carlo techniques

Statistical simulation for developmental data 1
ByPaul van Geert, Henderien Steenbeek, Saskia Kunnen

chapter |19 pages

The search for variability and change 1

BySaskia Kunnen, Marijn van Dijk, Anna Lichtwarck-Aschoff, Marieke Visser, Paul van Geert

part |74 pages

Exploring development:The assessment of mechanisms

chapter |6 pages

Toy models and the search for mechanisms

BySaskia Kunnen

chapter |18 pages

The art of building dynamic systems models1

BySaskia Kunnen

chapter |14 pages

A logistic growth model

Stage-wise development of meaning making 1
BySaskia Kunnen, Harke Bosma

chapter |22 pages

Agent-based modeling in developmental psychology1

ByPaul van Geert, Henderien Steenbeek, Saskia Kunnen

chapter |10 pages

The search for relations between micro and macro development 1

BySaskia Kunnen, Anna Lichtwarck-Aschoff, Paul van Geert

chapter |2 pages

Conclusions and future perspectives

BySaskia Kunnen