HDFS 129 week 1 notes
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This 2 page Class Notes was uploaded by Camryn McCabe on Tuesday January 19, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to HDFS 129 at a university taught by Molly Countermine in Spring 2016. Since its upload, it has received 327 views.
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Date Created: 01/19/16
HDFS notes 1/12-‐1/14 • The study of human development and family studies (HDFS) is interdisciplinary o HDFS relates to: § Psychology § Sociology § Biology § Kinesiology § Nutrition § Anthropology • The study of human development: the goal is to discover the similarities/differences between individuals as they develop throughout their life • Crucial to look at the influence of context o Ex. Family, friends, school, community, culture • Look for patterns • Each individual develops… o Partly like all other individuals § Ex. Physically o Partly like some other individuals § Ex. If you grew up with divorced parents, that’s like some others o Partly like no other individuals • Idea of nature v. nurture o Genetics v. experiences • Jim Twins o Separated at the age of 4 weeks o Reunited at 39 o Had incredible similarities § Wives had same names § Married same number of times § Both prone to nail biting § Both smoked Salem cigarettes § Drove same type of car o Proof that nature plays a huge role • The Life Span Perspective • Development = lifelong process o Each stage has it’s own particular tasks o Development is best understood in context of entire lifespan § Ex. You view a college student going out drinking multiple times a week very differently than you would view a 40 year HDFS notes 1/12-‐1/14 old going out drinking multiple times a week; they’re in different stages of development • Multidirectionality o Development can take off in many different directions o Differences between individuals become bigger and more noticeable as we get older • Plasticity-‐ “the degree to which characteristics can/cannot change throughout the lifespan” o Varies between individuals § Depending on personality, opportunity, age • Historical context/chronological time o We must view development in “terms of the time during which one lived” o Individuals are affected by events/improvements that happen during our life § Societal movements (women’s’, racial) § War (how people who lived through WWII were affected) § Technology (newest generation doesn’t know a life without cellphones) • Contextualism-‐ we must study development in various contexts o Family, siblings, peers, school, work, community, culture, SES o Reciprocal influence-‐ “development is an ongoing interaction between a changing individual in a changing environment” • Multidimensionality-‐ many intra-‐individual factors interact to affect development o Biological, cognitive, physical, social, emotional factors o Mind-‐body connection • Multidisciplinary-‐ HD study involves collaboration across various fields of study o AKA interdisciplinary • Developmental age classifications 1. Infancy/toddlerhood: birth-‐2 2. Early childhood: 2-‐6 3. Middle/late childhood: 6-‐11 4. Adolescence: 11-‐18 5. Emerging adulthood: 18-‐mid/late 20s 6. Young adulthood: mild/late 20-‐40 7. Middle adulthood: 40-‐65 8. Late adulthood: 65 and UP
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