Pub. date: 2005 | Online Pub. Date: September 15, 2007 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412950565 | Print ISBN: 9780761928201 | Online ISBN: 9781412950565| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
International Society for the Study of Behavioral Development
Rainer K. Silbereisen
The International Society for the Study of Behavioral Development (ISSBD) was founded in 1969 on the occasion of international scientific meetings in Germany, England, and the United States by a group of researchers particularly devoted to longitudinal research on human development in a life span perspective. The interdisciplinary orientation was expressed by the emphasis on behavioral development. Due to the enormous expansion of scientific interest in psychological studies and particularly in research on human development in the 1970s, the newly formed society grew rapidly. The mission of ISSBD entails the promotion, discovery, dissemination, and application of knowledge on human development across the entire life span. At the time of its foundation, the stress on commonalities and differences of developmental processes from infancy to old age was new, and it is still true that conceptualizing development in such a way represents particular challenges in the analyses of processes that result in ...