Jane Loevinger

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Jane Loevinger Weissman (February 6, 1918 – January 4, 2008) was a developmental psychologist who developed a theory of personality which emphasized the gradual internalization of social rules and the maturing conscience for the origin of personal decisions. She also contributed to the theory of measurements by introducing the coefficient of test homogeneity. In the tradition of developmental stage models, Loevinger integrated several "frameworks of meaning-making" into a model of humans' constructive potentials that she called ego development (de:Ich-Entwicklung). The essence of the ego is the striving to master, to integrate, and make sense of experience.

In 1943, she married Samuel Isaac Weissman (June 25, 1912 – June 12, 2007), a scientist who contributed to the Manhattan Project. They had a son and a daughter.

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  • Loevinger, J. (1948). "The technic of homogeneous tests compared with some aspects of scale analysis and factor analysis". Psychological Bulletin, 45, 507-529.
  • Loevinger, J. (1970). Measuring Ego Development. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.
  • Loevinger, J. (1976). Ego Development. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.
  • Loevinger, J. (1987). Paradigms of Personality. New York: Freeman.
  • Hy, L. X. & Loevinger, J. (1996). Measuring Ego Development, 2nd Ed. Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum.

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