The international membership of the Society for Research in Adult Development includes people from all disciplines who are interested in positive adult development. Positive adult development refers to development starting in late adolescence and continuing through life. The focus is on expanded capabilities and changes that improve the quality of life.
Society members include those whose work is applied as well as academic writers and researchers. We extend an invitation to those interested in adult development at work, in school, in families, and in communities as well as those whose primary focus is the individual. The Society offers practitioners an opportunity to discover the latest ideas in the field and to explore the application of those ideas to everyday problems and challenges.
For theoreticians and researchers, the Society offers the following opportunities:
The Society's first symposium took place in 1981 with the support of the Department of Psychology and Social Relations, Harvard University and by the Dare Association, Inc. The organizers were Michael L. Commons, Suzanne Benack, and Francis Richards. At that time, local arrangements were provided by Patrice M. Miller, Terrence A. Youk, David R. Marion, Martin N. Davidson, Eloise Coupey, and Joel R. Peck.
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