Ch 5: Adult Growth and Development

About This Chapter

Use these video lessons to learn about human physical and mental development in all stages of adulthood. Learn about cognitive development, fitness and health concerns at various ages.

Adult Growth and Development - Chapter Summary

These video lessons cover mental and physical changes throughout the lifespan. Our instructors will explain adult health and fitness, including concerns that middle-aged adults should be especially aware of, such as cardiovascular issues and stress-related problems.

Other lessons cover sexual development, with a look at reproduction in young adults and sexual function in middle and late adulthood. Later in the chapter, you'll find out about cognitive issues in older adults, including changes in memory and information processing. Your knowledge from these lessons should enable you to:

  • Describe physical changes in early, middle and late adulthood
  • Identify characteristics of post-formal thought
  • Discuss how life events impact cognitive development in young adults
  • Explain changes in sexual function throughout life
  • Define life expectancy and life span
  • Understand Alzheimer's disease, dementia and other mental health concerns in later life

Our professional instructors will give you a thorough look at these topics in an engaging and lighthearted way. You'll benefit from written transcripts and self-assessment quizzes in addition to the videos. You can even contact the instructor if you have a question.

12 Lessons in Chapter 5: Adult Growth and Development
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Physical Development and Health in Early Adulthood

1. Physical Development and Health in Early Adulthood

Despite the fact that most people are fully grown by early adulthood, it is still a time of physical development. In this lesson, we'll explore the physical and health issues that people in early adulthood experience.

Reproduction in Early Adulthood

2. Reproduction in Early Adulthood

In their twenties and thirties, many people have children. However, it doesn't always go smoothly. In this lesson, we will explore sex and reproduction in early adulthood, including changes in sex drives and reproductive issues, like infertility.

Postformal Thought in Cognitive Development

3. Postformal Thought in Cognitive Development

How do people continue to develop in adulthood? Watch this lesson to discover how adults develop cognitively, including how they become postformal thinkers, and what relativistic thinking and dialectical reasoning involve.

Life Influences on Cognitive Development in Early Adulthood

4. Life Influences on Cognitive Development in Early Adulthood

Though adults don't physically grow as they age, they do still grow mentally. In this lesson, we'll look closer at cognitive development in adulthood, including how it is influenced by college and work experiences.

Physical Development in Middle Adulthood

5. Physical Development in Middle Adulthood

Middle age comes with many new physical challenges, from wrinkles to hearing loss to weight gain. This lesson examines many of the signs of aging that are common in middle adulthood and how people can fight middle age weight gain.

Health and Fitness in Middle Adulthood

6. Health and Fitness in Middle Adulthood

As people age, new health issues can arise. Watch this lesson to find out more about the two most common causes of death in middle age - cancer and cardiovascular disease - and how fitness and personality can combat them.

Sexual Functioning in Middle Adulthood

7. Sexual Functioning in Middle Adulthood

Sexuality is an important part of most adults' lives. But what happens when things change? In this lesson, we'll take a look at the changes regarding sex that often occur in middle age, including sexual dysfunction and changes in the frequency of sex.

Cognitive Development in Adults

8. Cognitive Development in Adults

As people age, they discover that their thought processes change. Though some cognitive abilities decrease in middle age, some increase. In this lesson, we'll look at how executive functioning and wisdom increase in middle age.

Life Expectancy and Life Span: Definition & Factors

9. Life Expectancy and Life Span: Definition & Factors

Everyone wants to live forever, but the truth is that we all have only a limited time to be alive. In this lesson, we'll look at life expectancy and life span, as well as factors that can influence how long a person lives.

Health, Fitness, and Sexuality in Late Adulthood

10. Health, Fitness, and Sexuality in Late Adulthood

As people age, their bodies change. But what does that mean in terms of health, fitness, and sexuality? Watch this lesson for information on how diet and exercise impact health and how sexuality changes in late life.

Major Mental Health Concerns in Late Adulthood

11. Major Mental Health Concerns in Late Adulthood

Everyone forgets things sometimes, but as people age, they often have trouble with memory and other cognitive processes. Watch this lesson to find out more about two types of thinking problems, frontotemporal and multi-infarct dementia.

Cognitive Development in Late Adulthood

12. Cognitive Development in Late Adulthood

Many people are aware of some of the memory problems older adults have, but did you know that they become better at some types of thinking? In this lesson, we'll examine the positive and negative cognitive changes in late life.

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