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CDFS 110

by: Jenna Zagrodniczek

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Families Across the Life-Span
Katie Snider
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Date Created: 02/08/16
Romantic love Finding a life partner is a major milestone in early adult development. Mate selection: How women make choose their mate -Intelligence, ambition, financial status and moral character, same age of slightly older How men choose their mate: physical attractiveness, domestic skills, and younger age Sternberg’s Triangular Theory of Love 3 components of Sternberg’s love theory: 1) Intimacy: emotional, warm, tender communication 2) Passion: desire for sexual activity and romance 3) Commitment: cognitive, partners decide to keep the love Passionate love: intense sexual attraction. Felt at the start of a relationship. It gradually declines and gives way to intimacy and commitment forming the basis of companionate love. Traditional and Egalitarian Marriages Traditional- clear division of roles -Woman: cares for husband, children, home -Man: head of household, economic support Egalitarian-partners relate as equals -Share authority -Balance attention to jobs, children, home, spouse Trends in having children -Fewer married couples have children -Childless can either be voluntary or involuntary -Voluntary child free couples are often from higher SES and college educated -Have first child later in life -Smaller numbers of children -Sometimes a woman’s career and economic security can cause delay in having children Cohabitation- staying together but not married Characteristics of cohabiting couples: -Have had more sexual partners/poor quality relationships -More politically liberal -Less religious -More androgynous (genderless, or asexual) -Parents might have divorced 10/9/15 Sexuality in middle adulthood -There is a slight drop in frequency of sexual activity among married couples by middle adulthood. -The predictor of sexual frequency is marital happiness. Research shows that the link between the two is bidirectional -Intensity of sexual response diminishes due to physical changes of the climacteric. Both men and women take longer to feel aroused and reach orgasm. Cognitive Development -Middle adulthood is characterized by an increase in crystallized intelligence. These are skills that result from accumulated knowledge, experience and mastery of social convention. They excel at practical problem solving. -In contrast fluid intelligence declines. This is based on speed of information processing, speed of analyzing information, and capacity of working memory. -From twenties into sixties, the amount of information one can retain in working memory diminishes -Crystallized intelligence increases steadily through middle adulthood while fluid intelligence begins to decline in the twenties. Information processing -There are two views that explain the decline in the speed of information processing -Neural network view: As neurons in brain die, the brain adapts forming bypasses (slower); new synaptic connections that compensate for the dead neurons but they are less efficient -Information loss view: Older adults experience greater loss of information as it moves through cognitive system. The whole system therefore slows down to inspect and interpret the information. Practical problem solving skills -In middle adulthood people gain in skills of analyzing and solving issues in real-world situation. This is expertise; an extensive, highly organized and integrated knowledge base that can be used to support high level of performance. -Expertise is not just for the highly educated. Even people without formal education can be experts in different fields. 11/11/15 Emotional and social development in middle adulthood Theories of psychosocial development Erikson’s Theory of Generatively versus Stagnation -Generatively: Reaching out to others in ways that give to and guide the next generation (ex. Community service, voluntary work.) Driven by a need to be needed, attain symbolic immortality -Stagnation: Self-centered approach to life. Lack of interest in young people; focus on what they get from others, less on what they can give Levinson’s Four Tasks Theory -Young-old: Seeking new ways of being both young and old -Destruction-Creation: Greater awareness of death drawing near, they focus on leaving a legacy for future generations -Masculinity-Femininity: Striking a balance between feminine and masculine self. Men learn nurturance and caring while women learn autonomy and assertiveness. -Engagement-Separateness: Balancing between engagement with external world and separateness. Sacrificing career ambition to focus on self and family Midlife Crisis -A self-doubt and stress during forties that prompt major restructuring of personality -Regret on the past losses and realization that time is quickly passing by -People do not make drastic changes in their lives; often changes are gradual (turning points) Gender Roles in Middle Adulthood -Women become more autonomous while men become more nurturing in middle adulthood -Parental Imperative theory: Traditional gender role identification helps to ensure children’s survival during active parenting years. Parents can express the “other-gender” of their personality after children have grown up Parent-Child Relationship -Launching phase: culminates “letting go” process. Decline in parental authority. Parents begin to invest in non-parental authority. Parents begin to invest in non-parental relationships and roles. The transition varies from person to person. Dealing with “empty nest” -Kinkeeper role: Gathering the family for celebrations and ensuring everybody stays in touch. Kinkeeper role is played by women or mothers in the family 110 11/13/15 Big Five personality traits Neurotism- high: worrying, temperamental, self-pitying, emotional, and vulnerable Low: calm, even-tempered, self-content, unemotional Extroversion- High: affectionate, talkative, active, fun loving, passionate Low: reserved, quiet, passive, sober, emotionally unreactive Openness to experience- High: imaginative, creative, original, curious, liberal Low: Down to earth, uncreative, conventional, uncurious, conservative Agreeableness- High: softhearted, trusting, generous, and good-natured Low: ruthless, suspicious, stingy, antagonistic, critical, irritable Conscientiousness- High: hardworking well organized, punctual, and ambitious Low: negligent, lazy, disorganized, always late, aimless Grandparenthood Qualities of a grandparent Valued elder: Being perceived as wise, helpful person Immortality: Leaving behind two generations after death Re-involvement with personal past: Passing family history and values to new generation Indulgence: Having fun with children without parental responsibilities Caring for aging parents Sandwich Generation: Middle-aged must care for multiple generations above and below them at the same time They either provide financial help or give direct care for their aging parents Relationships at midlife -Midlifers tend to adjust to divorce more easily than younger people. Their gain in problem solving skills and effective coping reduce the stressful impact of divorce -Feminization of poverty: A trend in which women who support themselves and families have become the norm Friendships at midlife -Men’s friendship: at all ages men’s friendships are less intimate than women’s. Men tend to discuss sports, politics, and business -Women’s friendship: Focuses on feelings, and life problems -Number of friends decline from middle to late adulthood as attention shifts to family ties Physical and cognitive development in late adulthood Physical Development -Chronological age: The actual age of a person -Functional age: Actual age may not match one’s chronological age. People are biologically at different rates. (ex: Dixon has a chronological age of 80 but a functional age of 60) Physical changes in the sensory system -Change in the taste buds: Difficulty with recognizing familiar foods by taste alone -Health Risks: -Food is less tasty, increasing likelihood of dietary deficiencies -Decline in odor sensitivity -Difficulty detecting gas fumes, rancid food, or smoke may be a threat to life Mental Disabilities -Dementia: a set of disorders that makes many aspects of thought and behavior so impaired that everyday activities are disrupted -Most common type of dementia is Alzheimer’s disease -Alzheimer: Chemical and structural brain deterioration associated with gradual loss of many aspects of thought and behavior -Depression is often misdiagnosed as Alzheimer Cognitive functioning in late life -Keep the mind active using cognitive skill training -Lifelong learning, understanding new ideas, learning new skills that enrich life, making new friends Retirement -Retirement can have either negative or positive cognitive change -Leaving a routine job for a stimulating leisure activity is beneficial. Retiring from complex job to a lifestyle of inactivity accelerates intellectual declines Social and Emotional Development in Late Adulthood Theories of psychosocial development in late adulthood -Erikson’s Theory of ego integrity versus despair: Coming to terms with one’s life. Adults who arrive at integrity feel whole, complete and satisfied with their achievements Peck’s theory of ego integrity -Ego differentiation: Finding other ways to affirm self-worth for those who invested heavily on career -Body transcendence: Surmounting physical limitations by compensating rewards of cognitive and social powers -Ego transcendence: Facing the reality of death constructively by making life more secure and meaningful Spirituality and religiosity -US seniors often become more religious or spiritual as they age -A study revealed that only one-fourth of British seniors said they had become less religious -Reminiscence: Telling stories about people and events from the past and reporting associated with thoughts and feelings Relationships in late adulthood -Marital satisfaction rises from middle to late adulthood -Widowhood: men find it more difficult adjusting to widowhood than women. Why? -Relying on wives for social connectedness, household tasks, coping with stressors -Less involved in religious activities, feel uncomfortable seeking help with meals -Non-married, childless men are more likely than women to be lonely and depressed Negative Life changes -Older adults are at a risk for a variety of life changes (death of loved ones, illness, declining income, greater dependency) -Negative life events evoke less stress and depression in older than in younger adults Suicide Rates in late life -In most countries globally older adults are at increased risk of suicide -Males continue to lead in suicide from midlife to late life Elder Abuse -Physical abuse: inflicting pain, discomfort or injury through hitting, physical force, etc. -Physical neglect: intentional or unintentional to failure to fulfill caregiving obligation -Emotional abuse: Verbal assaults, humiliation -Sexual abuse: Unwanted sexual contact -Financial abuse: improper exploitation of financial resources through theft End of Life: Death, dying and bereavement Defining Death -Death is a process, in which organs shut down one by one and it varies from person to person -Brain death: Irreversible cessation of all brain activities -Persistent vegetative state: the brain stem remains active, but cerebral cortex stops registering electrical activity How we die: the phases of death A person moves through three phases during transition from life to permanent death 1) The agonal phase: A struggle that involves gasps of breath, muscles spasm as regular heartbeat disintegrates 2) Clinical Death: At this stage, heartbeat, blood circulation, breathing and brain functioning strops but resuscitation is still possible 3) Mortality: The individual passes into permanent death Death with dignity -Providing a dying person with compassionate care -Be clear about the death’s certainty -Doctors and nurses can help the dying person learn about their condition, so as to enable them decide whether to continue with treatment -Death anxiety: The fear of death. Avoiding any talk about death, by using words like “passing away,” “departing,” “gone to be with the Lord.” Kubler-Ross’s theory of dying stages -Denial: Failing to accept the impending death -Anger: recognizing that time is limited, yet there is much to do in life -Bargaining: Bargaining for extra time by striking a deal with doctors, nurses, family members or God -Depression: When denial, anger, and bargaining fail, the person gets depressed about the loss of life -Acceptance: In the last weeks or days the person reaches a state of peace and waits for their upcoming death 12/2/15 Place to die Dying at home: -Home offers an environment of intimacy an care in which the sick do not feel abandoned. Only one-fourth of Americans die at home -Home might not be ideal because of quality of care -Family members also continue to experience more psychological stress after witnessing a loved one die at home -Dying in hospital -Most hospitals now have well developed treatment programs to ease physical, emotional, and spiritual suffering during end of life. However, some hospitals lack suck facilities -Currently most people in the U.S die in hospitals Hospice approach -Hospice is a comprehensive program, which provides a caring community sensitive to the dying person’s needs so the patient and family members can prepare for death in ways that satisfy them. (aim at dying with dignity) -The emphasis is placed on meeting the patient’s physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs, including controlling pain, retaining dignity and self- worth, and feeling cared for and loved. Coping with the death of a loved one -Bereavement: From the phase ‘’be robbed” Experience of losing a loved one by death -Grief: Intense physical and psychological distress -Mourning: Culturally specified expression of grief by a bereaved person -Bereavement is most difficult in the death of a child. (A child represents parent’s sense of immortality) Stages of grief process -Avoidance: Experiencing shock followed by disbelief -Confrontation: Intense grief emotions like sadness, frustration, and anger, helplessness set in -Restoration: Overcoming loneliness by reaching out to others Death ceremonies and rituals -Different communities express their grief in different ways. Death ceremonies and rituals are culturally specific -The primary purpose of death rituals is to commemorate the deceased and to provide social support for the bereaved


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