The Family Cycle & Adult Development: Marriage, Parenthood & the Empty Nest


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Maria is less satisfied with her marriage lately. She feels stressed and tired all of the time. More than likely, which major life transition has Maria recently entered?

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1. Jane's grandparents are rarely around. They live across the country and send presents, but haven't seen Jane in three years. This style of grandparenting is referred to as _____.

2. How do most parents feel during the empty nest phase of life?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This worksheet and quiz set assess your knowledge of the family cycle, including grandparenthood. Topics you should know in order to successfully pass the quiz include characteristics of a particular stage and styles of grandparenting.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Gauge your understanding of these topics using this quiz and worksheet:

  • Characteristics of a particular stage in the cycle
  • Styles of grandparenting
  • Development and growth for adults

Skills Practiced

Practice these skills as you complete the quiz and worksheet set:

  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information acting as clues to the specific stage of the family cycle described
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast topics from the lesson, such as the different styles of grandparenting
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about an adult's development and growth

Additional Learning

Further your knowledge of these topics with the lesson entitled The Family Cycle & Adult Development: Marriage, Parenthood & the Empty Nest. That lesson focuses on these objectives:

  • Recognize how life prior to marriage can impact adult development
  • Identify the significant life transitions for adults and their typical order of occurrence
  • Discover the characteristics of each major life transition
  • Understand the three styles of grandparenthood and how they impact grandchildren