Life Expectancy and Life Span: Definition & Factors


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Late adulthood is the period in life:

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1. Abioye is a healthy boy who was born in central Africa last year. In 2015, the average life expectancy for a male born in this region was 51 years of age. Does this mean that Abioye will only live until age 51?

2. If an individual's life expectancy is only around 50, does this mean that their lifespan will end up to be around the same number?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and corresponding worksheet gauge your understanding of factors that can influence a life span and the developmental stage after age 65.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use these assessment tools to assess your knowledge of:

  • A factor that influences 25% of a person's life span
  • Time of life after 65
  • Average length of time that a person can expect to live
  • Length of time an individual lives
  • Factors that influence a life span

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related sociology lesson
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding factors that can influence life span
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about life expectancy

Additional Learning

Find out more by going through the lesson titled Life Expectancy and Life Span: Definition & Factors. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Review statistics in Sweden and the U.S. regarding life expectancy
  • Distinguish differences between life expectancy and life span
  • Understand details about each of the influences on life span