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psyc 3120 chapter 16 lecture notes

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chapter 16 middle adulthood: social and personality
Developmental Psychology
Elizabeth Brestan Knight
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Psychology, developmental psychology, Life Span Development, psyc 3120, Auburn University
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Date Created: 04/12/16
Lecture 16 April 12, 2016 CHAPTER 16: Middle Adulthood Societal & Personality Development Societal Changes o Childbirth in 30s-40s o Second careers o Early retirement Normative-Crisis Model o Stage models o Criticism o Outdated, not applicable anymore o Sample size wasn’t focused on the nation as a whole § Mainly upperclass males o Rigid gender roles Life Events Model o Timing of events (not just age) Erikson o Stage theory o Focused on “crisis” o Perception is important o Person’s view of themselves o Generativity vs Stagnation o Able to see their life/use it as a contribution to the community or are they stuck? Stagnation o Focus on the negatives in life o Limited contributions to the community o Just kind of satisfied with where they’re at, don’t want to grow or see a need to Generativity o Contributions o Biological § Working on physical fitness o Parental § Helping to mentor people o Work Lecture 16 April 12, 2016 § Focused on being responsible & managing workloads o Cultural § Helping the community grow through philanthropy o Concern for the next generation George Valliant o Another crisis theory o Ages 45-55 o “keeping the meaning vs rigidity” o accept imperfection in self and others o rigidity = isolation o as you age you need to be more flexible with thinking Levinson’s Seasons of Life o Early adulthood o “the dream” § what is my plan to do with my life? o Enact plans for achieving goals § Spend a lot of time thinking how can I achieve my goals o Settle down in their 30s § By the end people are settling down & living the dream o Middle adulthood o 40-45 o midlife transition: time of questioning • maybe I was wrong with my plan, what can I do with the rest of my life to make it productive § finite nature of life § first signs of aging • what parts haven’t happened, can I make them happen? § Doubt value of accomplishments • Second guessing what they did o Midlife Crisis o Uncertainty & indecision § About the direction of their life o Desire to correct past mistakes § Do all of the things they never got to do when they were young § Time for action o Future depends on resolution of midlife crisis § mid course correction in life o Fact or Myth? § Evidence shows both § Effect of popular culture Lecture 16 April 12, 2016 o Criticism o Small sample size § Only men § Not all experienced midlife crisis Social Clock for women o Ravenna Helson o Life events Model o Look at events rather than age o Social clock o Physiological timepiece that records the major milestones in people’s lives o Time of psychological growth o 21 or 39 example § having a kid is going to have a different impact at 21 vs 39 o longitudinal study of female college graduates of the 60s o typical feminine behavior (21-27) o positive personality changes whether focused on career or family Stability Vs Change o change o stage theorists such as Erikson & Levinson o stable o trait theorists such as costa & McCrae Costa & McCrae o The Big Five- stable over time!! o NEOAC § Neuroticism • Someone who tends to worry • Have issues with change § Extraversion • Outgoing • gain energy from being around people § Openness to Experience • Interested in trying new things • Creative § Agreeableness • Okay with others ideas • Flexible § Conscientious Lecture 16 April 12, 2016 • Responsible, pays attention to detail Work & Careers in Middle Adulthood o Greatest productivity and satisfaction o Put a lot of attention into work o Burnout o Highly trained professionals o Helping professions § Dealing with other peoples problems 24/7 becomes toxic o Unemployment o Financial and psychological effects § Peoples skills are outdated o Changing careers o Stereotypes of older workers may lead to age discrimination o Not as competitive, afraid they cant keep up o However older workers o Less absentecism § Not caring for younger children o More reliable o Hold job longer o More willing to learn new skills Changes in family o Empty Nest Syndrome o Sadness from children leaving home o Can be a time of growth and happiness § They can finally do what they want, when they want without any worries or dependents o Boomerang Children o Children in 20s-30s who return back home after college • Hard to find a job • Cost of living is expensive • Males more often than women due to their independence at home o Sandwich Children o Between raising children and caring for parents • Children need to be attended to but their parents are getting older and need help too


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