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Developmental Notes Week 8

by: Ashlyn Masters

Developmental Notes Week 8 PSYC 3120

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These notes cover chapters 12 and 14
Developmental Psychology
Elizabeth Brestan Knight
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Date Created: 03/31/16
Chapter 14- Early Adulthood: Social and Personality Development 3/29/16 Relationships: Interpersonal Attraction • “Opposites attract” • “Birds of a feather flock together” • Similarity o Theodore Newcomb (1961) o We tend to like people who have similar interests, values, backgrounds and personalities o Similarity study § Males undergrads § Filled out questionnaires about attitudes o Hill, Rubin and Peplau (1976) study § Dating couples tend to resemble each other in: • Age, intelligence, educational plans, religion, physical attractiveness, height, attitudes about sexual behavior and sex/gender roles o Principle of homogamy: tendency to marry someone who is similar in age, race, education, religion, and other basic demographic characteristics • Proximity o Who we become associated with and whom we befriend can be best predicted by proximity o Festinger et al. (1950) § Random assignment to apartments § “Which three people in Westgate West do you see socially most often?” § Result: more likely to be friends with next-door neighbor than someone down the hall. Also more likely to be friends with people on their hall than on a different hall § How does social media change this? • What do we look for in a potential mate? o There are cultural differences o United States § Men and women both rank love and mutual attraction as primary to a successful relationship o China § Men rank good health as primary § Women rank emotional stability and maturity as primary o South Africa (Zulu) § Men rank emotional stability as primary § Women rank dependable character as primary o Similar characteristics rank high regardless of culture § Love § Mutual attraction § Dependability § Emotional stability § Pleasing disposition § Intelligence • Gender Differences in Mate Selection o Men tend to pick female mates who are young and attractive o Women tend to pick male mates who are ambitious and industrious • Evolutionary Perspective – David Buss o Men seek out young, fertile women who have a high fertility capacity (able to produce more offspring over a longer period of time) o Women seek out mates who will be able to provide resources that will promote survival of the child (economically well-off men) • Marriage Trends o Although 90% of the population do marry, the age of first marriage is increasing o Median age for first marriage in the US is 27 years for men o Median age for first marriage in the US is 25 years for women • Marriage Gradient o Men tend to marry women who are slightly younger, smaller, and lower in status o Women tend to marry men who are slightly older, larger, and higher in status o “Bottom of the barrel” men – low status men who cannot find someone of low enough status to marry o “Cream of the crop” women – women who are of higher status than anyone in the available pool of men • Mate Selection: The Filtering Model o People screen potential mates through successively finer-grained filters o First filter consists of broad determinants of attractiveness o As the filters get more and more finer-grained, the pool of potential mates decreases Career Consolidation • A stage that is entered between the ages of 20 and 40 • Young adults become centered on their careers • Criticism of Vaillant • Eli Ginzberg o Fantasy period (until age 11) § Career choices are made without regard to skills, abilities or opportunities o Tentative period (adolescence) § Start to think about job requirements o Realistic period (young adulthood) § Start to explore specific career options • Holland o Certain personality types match well with certain careers § Realistic- down to earth, practical problem solver; don’t really like to be with other people (e.g., truck driver) § Intellectual- lean towards theoretical issues; social skills aren’t strong (e.g., science or math) § Social § Conventional- like very structured tasks (e.g., clerks or secretaries) § Enterprising- risk takers; enjoys taking charge (e.g., politicians or office manager) § Artistic- express themselves; prefer art to social interactions (e.g., any career with art) Chapter 12- Adolescence: Social and Personality Development 3/31/16 Major Depressive Episode • 20-35% males and 25-40% females have experienced depressive moods • 3% of teens are severely depressed • 2 weeks of either depressed mood or the loss of interest in nearly all activities • In adolescents, this mood may be irritable rather than sad • Significant distress or impairment in social, academic, or other important areas of functioning • Appetite is usually reduced (rapid changes in weight) • Insomnia (sleep disruption) • Negative view of self, world and future • Associated Features o Academic problems (low motivation) o Conduct disorder, ADHD, anxiety disorders, substance abuse, eating disorders • Being depressed can… o Predict future problems o Heredity o Environment § There’s a gender gap in depression § Female gender role allows women to seek treatment; they are often times more willing to seek help from someone (admitting weakness) § Also a possible hormonal contribution (post-partum depression) § Much more stress on women than has been in years past Suicide • Rate increases significantly during adolescence o And for white males it raises again in middle to late adulthood (to prevent anyone having to take care of them) • Third leading cause of death after moving vehicle accidents and homicides • Gender difference in suicidal behavior o Women are more likely to attempt suicide o Men are more likely to commit suicide o Method: firearm, suffocation, poisoning • Common subtypes of teens • Family Factors o Parental emotional problems o Marital problems o Perfectionism • Common Preceding Events o Rejection by romantic partner o Humiliation after antisocial acts o Careful planning (who gets what and what will happen when they are gone) o Another suicide = cluster suicides § In adulthood, certain professions are at risk (also alcohol) • Prevention o Target risk factors o School counselors o Peer support groups o Telephone hotlines • Suicide Intervention o Stay with suicidal person o Listen o Express sympathy o Obtain professional help (call 911) o Remove weapons, knives, razors, scissors and drugs • What you can do… o JUST LISTEN o Don’t remind teen that life is much worse for other people § Feel “bad” for not feeling better § Invalidates negative feelings § May not feel comfortable talking any more


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