The Social Clock: Definition & Theory Video


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What is the social clock?

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1. Who introduced the social clock theory?

2. What does a person who does not reach a milestone as described by his or her culture's social clock typically experience?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and worksheet combo can be used to check your knowledge about the social clock. You'll be quizzed on definitions, characteristics and examples of aspects of the social clock theory.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use this printable worksheet and quiz to test your knowledge of the following:

  • The definition of social clock
  • An example of the social clock in the United States today
  • Who formulated social clock theory
  • A result of not reaching a social clock milestone

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the lesson on social clock theory
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about social clock theory in a different light
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding the significance of landmark events and interpret it correctly
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the nature of norms and timelines

Additional Learning

To learn more about the social clock, review the accompanying lesson titled The Social Clock: Definition & Theory. The lesson addresses the following objectives:

  • Discuss the origin of the social clock theory and what it was used to explain
  • Give examples of how the social clock can vary between societies
  • Explain why achieving the events of a society's social clock might determine how you are perceived by that society