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HDFS 129 week 1 notes

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week 1 1/12-1/14
Intro to HDFS
Molly Countermine
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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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