Boker, S. M. (2013) Selection, Optimization, Compensation, and Equilibrium Dynamics. The Journal of Gerontopsychology and Geriatric Psychiatry, 26:1, 61-73.
One of the major theoretic frameworks through which human development is studied is a process-oriented model involving selection, optimization, and compensation. These three processes each provide accounts for methods by which gains are maximized and losses minimized throughout the lifespan, and in particular during later life. These processes can be cast within the framework of dynamical systems theory and then modeled using differential equations. The current article will review basic tenets of selection, optimization, and compensation whilst introducing language and concepts from dynamical systems. Four categories of interindividual differences and intraindividual variability in dynamics are then described and discussed in the context of selection, optimization, and compensation.
The manuscript of this article accepted for publication can be downloaded as a PDF. This article may not exactly replicate the ﬁnal version published in The Journal of Gerontopsychology and Geriatric Psychiatry. It is not the copy of record.