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The Purpose of Psychology Theories

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There are numerous psychological theories that are used to explain and predict a wide variety of behaviors. What exactly is the purpose of having so many psychological theories? These theories serve a number of important purposes.
  • Theories provide a framework for understanding human behavior, thought, and development. By having a broad base of understanding about the how's and why's of human behavior, we can better understand ourselves and others.

  • Theories create a basis for future research. Researchers use theories to form hypotheses that can then be tested.

  • Theories are dynamic and always changing. As new discoveries are made, theories are modified and adapted to account for new information.
Further Reading:
Issues in Developmental Psychology
Research Methods in Developmental Psychology
Child Development Theories

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