Continuity/discontinuity issue refers to a debate among theorists about whether developmental changes are quantitative and continuous, or qualitative and discontinuous, that is, stage like; or about whether developmental changes are best characterized as gradual and quantitative or, rather, abrupt and qualitative; or whether a particular developmental phenomenon represents a smooth progression throughout the life span (continuity) or a series of abrupt shifts (discontinuity)

(See also Continuity versus discontinuity of development or continuity-discontinuity controversy)

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