Chapter 17 Study Guide
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Kortney Keane Developmental Psychology Study Guide ch. 17 Be sure to read the introduction to the chapter…. 1. Explain what is meant by “cortical death”? When your brain is dead other than the part that is keeping your heart and lungs alive. 2. Distinguish active euthanasia from passive euthanasia. Which did Jack Kevorkian practice? Passive euthanasia is withholding life sustaining measures to let a patient die. Active euthanasia is giving a patient an overdose to end their life. Jack Kevorkian practiced active euthanasia resulting in him spending eight years in prison for man slaughter. 3. The age when people most frequently die has historically changed. Trace the historical changes. 200 years ago, almost one of every two children died before the age of ten. And parents usually died before their kids grew up. In 1900 the average life expectancy was 47 years of age and now today it is around 78 years of age. 4. List and briefly describe the five stages of death & dying as defined by KublerRoss. Do you think everyone goes through them all… and in this exact order? Denial and Isolation When a person denies death will really take place. Anger Denial can no longer be maintained so they feel, “Why me?” Bargaining The person thinks that death can be postponed and often try to bargain with God. Depression They have accepted that they are going to die and distance themselves and try to remove themselves from their loved ones lives. Acceptance This person has come to peace with the situation and often times wants to be left alone. 5. What are your thoughts about a living will? This can be a controversial subject. Do you have one? Do your parents? Discuss potential advantages or disadvantages of having a living will. If you need or want more information, go to the website provided. I have also included a WORD document containing a sample living will. (5 pts.) I think that having a living will is a good idea. My parents have one. I think it is important to discuss what you want to happen to you if something were to happen to your health. A downside to a living will is that you can never be sure what you might be using it for. For instance, I think that I would want different things depending on my condition. If I was in an accident and there was a good chance that I would survive with minimal long term damage, I would want them to do everything they could to save me. If I was in an accident and I had a small chance of survival without long term disabilities, I wouldn’t want to suffer for the rest of my life. 6. What are your thoughts on euthanasia? Do you agree or disagree with it? Why? (5 pts.) I would never have agreed to it before I watched my grandma die. Now, I think that it might not be so bad. If there truly is no hope for someone and they are in pain, why prolong their suffering? This only hurts the person who is sick and the people around them who have to watch them suffer. 7. If you could live forever, how long would you want to live? What factors would influence your decision? (5 pts.) I think it depends on my health. If I couldn’t walk or stay somewhat active, I wouldn’t want to stick around. I think my ideal age would be 100 years old if I stay healthy. I wouldn’t want to be a burden to my family. I would want to be able to take care of myself and think clearly. If I couldn’t stay active, think clearly, or take care of myself, then I’d be ready to go.
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