Developmental systems science: Exploring the application of systems science methods to developmental science questions

Jennifer Brown Urban, Nathaniel D. Osgood, Patricia L. Mabry

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Developmental science theorists fully acknowledge the wide array of complex interactions among biology, behavior, and environment that together give rise to development. However, despite this conceptual understanding of development as a system, developmental science has not fully applied analytic methods commensurate with this systems perspective. This article provides a brief introduction to systems science, an approach to problem solving that involves the use of methods especially equipped to handle complex relationships and their evolution over time. In addition, a rationale is provided for why and how these methods can serve the needs of the developmental science research community.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-25
Number of pages25
JournalResearch in Human Development
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2011

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