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Developmental Notes Week 10

by: Ashlyn Masters

Developmental Notes Week 10 PSYC 3120

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These notes cover chapters 16 and 17
Developmental Psychology
Elizabeth Brestan Knight
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Date Created: 04/14/16
Chapter 16- Middle Adulthood: Social and Personality Development 4/12/16 Societal Changes • Childbirth in 30’s-40’s • Second careers • Early retirement – no retirement • Normative-Crisis Model: people go through stages and how they approach life depends on the stage of life they are in o Stage models o Criticism à Outdated? o Rigid gender roles • Life Events Model: timing of events is important o Timing of events (not just age) o What they are engaged in • Generativity vs. Stagnation o Erik Erikson § Stage Theory § Focused on “crisis” § Generativity vs. Stagnation § Perception is important o Stagnation § Focus on trivial aspects of life o Generativity § Contributions: • Biological • Parental • Work • Cultural § 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 • Levinson’s Seasons of Life o Early Adulthood § “The Dream” § Enact plans for achieving goals § Settle down in their 30’s o Middle Adulthood (40-45) § Midlife transition: time of questioning • Finite nature of life • First signs of aging • Doubt value of accomplishments § Midlife crisis • Uncertainty and indecision about direction of their life • Desire to correct past mistakes • Future depends on resolution of midlife crisis § Criticisms of Levinson • Fact or myth? o Only interviewed men and only some reported having a midlife crisis • Effect of pop culture • Social Clock for Women o Ravenna Helson o Life Events Model o Social flock: psychological timepiece that records the major milestones in people’s lives o Time of continued psychological growth o Longitudinal study of female college graduates of the 60s § Typical feminine behavior (21-27) § Positive personality changes whether focused on career or family • Stability vs. Change o Change § Stage theorists, such as Erikson and Levinson § Suggest that we change a lot over our lifetime o Stable § Trait theorists, such as Costa & McCrae § How you are when you’re younger is pretty much how you are when you’re older • Costa and McCrae o The Big Five – stable over time!! o OCEAN § Openness to experience: interested in trying new things, very creative § Conscientiousness: attention to detail and how things happen § Extraversion: very friendly and outgoing, get energy from being with people § Agreeableness: flexible with different approaches to things § Neuroticism: someone who tends to worry and has problems with change Work and Careers in Middle Adulthood • Greatest productivity and satisfaction • Burnout o Highly trained professionals o Helping professions • Unemployment o Financial and psychological effects • Changing careers • Stereotypes of older workers may lead to age discrimination • However, older workers… o Less absenteeism o More reliable o Hold job longer o More willing to learn new skills Changes in the Family • Empty Nest Syndrome o Sadness from children leaving home • Boomerang Children o Children in 20s and 30s return home • Sandwich Generation o Between raising children and caring for parents Guest Speaker- Mary • Grew up in multiple states in the South • Tennessee Tech- then University of Alabama in Huntsville • Been with Army since 1989- one example, designing weapon systems • Manages 150 rocket scientists • Mother is cellist, father is a nuclear physicist o Been to The Bluebird in Nashville o Rocket scientists by day and musicians by night • Ambitious and driven • Burnout o About 2 years ago she started paying attention to her health- exercising, eating right, etc. (she’s 47 now) • Going to Africa in June for 2 weeks to do water projects • Empty Nest was hard- one daughter, divorced, hangs out with dog • Advice for us – networking, focus on people skills, “disagree agreeably” Chapter 17- Late Adulthood: Physical and Cognitive Development 4/14/16 U.S. Demographics • 1 in 8 are over 65 • By 2050 = 25% • Oldest old (age 85 and over) o Fastest growing o Doubled in the last 2 decades o Still increasing Ageism • Prejudice and discrimination of older people o Behavioral interpretations o Negative attitudes about competence and attractiveness o Job discrimination o Elderspeak: similar to baby talk but for old people • Gender double standard continues o Older women- unflattering terms o Aging men- maturity that enhances their status Aging Theories • Programmed Theories o DNA has built-in limit for reproduction of cell § Telomeres o Hormones o Immune system • Wear-and-Tear Theories o Mechanical functions of body wear out o Free radicals Factors in Life Expectancy (let’s move to Hawaii à highest life expectancy) • Positive o Female o Moderate to light drinker o Exercise o Sexual relations o Education o Rural living o Marriage o Friends o Easy-going personality • Negative o Male o Heavy drinker o Sedentary life or job o Family history of heart disease, diabetes or breast cancer o Urban o Never married or divorced o Aggressive and hostile personality Fountain of youth? • Doesn’t actually exist • Telomere therapy • Reducing free radicals with antioxidant drugs • Restricting calories – tried it with mice • Replacing worn out organs Physical Disorders • Osteoporosis • Arthritis • Hypertension Deadly Disorders • Due to long-term behavior patterns! • Heart disease o Atherosclerosis: a cholesterol/triglyceride plaque forms (blocks) o Hypertension o Stroke • Cancer o Lung o Colon Psychological Health Problems • Major depression • Drug induced psychosis • Dementia (many types) o Epilepsy o HIV o MS o Post-brain irradiation o Alcohol related dementia o Hydrocephalus o Vascular Dementia o Parkinson’s Disease o Alzheimer’s Disease § Symptoms: • Unusual forgetfulness • Memories effected • Total confusion • Lose voluntary control of muscles • Behavioral disturbances § Causes: • Beta amyloid precursor • Don’t know what causes it in the first place o Genetics o Non-genetic factors increase susceptibility o Viruses? Dysfunctions of immune system? § Treatment: • No cure • Medications o Anti-inflammatory drugs o Preservation of abilities • Caregiving o Independent living o Financial management o Treatment Consent


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