Theories of Adult Development: Levinson, Vaillant & Neugarten


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According to Levinson, at which stage does a person begin to solidify career and lifestyle decisions?

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1. What do Levinson and Vaillant believe about the mid-life stage?

2. Which theorist proposed that a person might feel badly about themselves if they were not married by a certain age?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and corresponding worksheet will help you gauge your knowledge of the theories of adult development. Topics you'll need to know to pass the quiz include understanding the stage a person begins to make decisions about retirement as well as knowing the stage a person would begin to solidify career and lifestyle decisions.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use this printable worksheet and quiz to review:

  • When a person makes decisions about retirement
  • Stage involving lifestyle and career decisions
  • Individual who originated the Social Clock theory
  • Theorist showing people's crisis and commitment periods

Skills Practiced

This worksheet and quiz will let you practice the following skills:

  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the theories of adult development
  • Interpreting information - verify you can read information regarding the theories of adult development and interpret it correctly
  • Distinguishing Differences - compare and contrast topics from the lesson, such as the theories from Vaillant and Levinson

Additional Learning

To learn more about the theories of how we develop, review the corresponding lesson on the Theories of Adult Development: Levinson, Vaillant & Neugarten. This lesson will help you:

  • Identify the three main theories of adult development
  • Understand who developed the theories
  • Describe the seven stages of life in the Seasons of Life
  • Know the six adult life tasks that must be accomplished according to Vaillant
  • Define what the Social Clock theory involves
  • Appreciate the similarities and differences amongst the approaches