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Ch 5: Adult Growth & Development

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Watch our video and read our text lessons to learn about physical, cognitive and behavioral development during adulthood. Find definitions of ~'life span~' and ~'life expectancy~' and learn about health concerns at various stages of life.

Adult Growth and Development - Chapter Summary

This chapter's lessons and quizzes will provide an understanding of developmental stages and concerns in early, middle and later adulthood. Our instructors will demonstrate how sexual functioning changes with age as well as how cognitive development progresses. Health and fitness are also included in these lessons. By the close of the chapter, you should be prepared to:

  • Discuss reproduction in early adulthood
  • Explain characteristics of post-formal thought and the dialectical process
  • Identify influences on cognitive development in early adulthood
  • Name some factors that may contribute to a longer life
  • List common health concerns of people in middle adulthood
  • Describe mental health issues that may appear in late adulthood

Our professional instructors make learning enjoyable through these brief video and text lessons. The quizzes at the end of each one allow you to check what you've learned, and lesson transcripts make it possible for you to read along. If you still have questions, you can contact the instructor for additional help.

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

1. Physical Development and Health in Early Adulthood

Early adulthood is when people are physically healthiest in life and is a great time to establish healthy habits to improve well-being. Explore physical development in early adulthood, find out why people need to take care of their health at this stage, and learn how to deal with stress.

Reproduction in Early Adulthood

2. Reproduction in Early Adulthood

Early adulthood is the life stage in which humans have the best opportunity to have children due to biological reasons. Explore sex and reproduction in early adulthood, including changes in sex drives and reproductive issues, such as infertility.

Postformal Thought in Cognitive Development

3. Postformal Thought in Cognitive Development

Postformal thought in cognitive development involves understanding the existence of contradictions in the world. Explore the concept of postformal thought, learn how to explain relativistic thinking and dialectical reasoning, and identify how the cognitive skills that develop during early adulthood differ.

Life Influences on Cognitive Development in Early Adulthood

4. Life Influences on Cognitive Development in Early Adulthood

Although adults do not physically grow as they age, they do mentally grow thanks to different influences in life. Learn about cognitive development in early adulthood and explore how life influences such as college and work can affect cognitive development at this stage.

Physical Development in Middle Adulthood

5. Physical Development in Middle Adulthood

Even though middle-aged people are fully grown, they still continue to undergo the physical developmental changes that come with age. Discover some common signs of aging in middle adulthood and learn how middle-aged adults can combat weight gain.

Health and Fitness in Middle Adulthood

6. Health and Fitness in Middle Adulthood

As people age and reach middle adulthood, new health problems can emerge. Learn about midlife and discover the two most common causes of death in midlife--cancer and cardiovascular disease--and how fitness and personality can help to prevent them.

Sexual Functioning in Middle Adulthood

7. Sexual Functioning in Middle Adulthood

Sexuality is an important part of most adults' lives, but as people age, they can experience changes in their sexuality. Learn about sexual functioning and the changes regarding sex that often occur in middle adulthood, including sexual dysfunction and changes in the frequency of sex.

Cognitive Development in Adults

8. Cognitive Development in Adults

As people age, their thought processes change, and though some cognitive abilities decrease in middle age, some increase. Learn about cognitive development in middle-aged adults and explore how executive functioning and wisdom increase in this stage.

Life Expectancy and Life Span: Definition & Factors

9. Life Expectancy and Life Span: Definition & Factors

Life expectancy is the average length of time that an individual in society will live, whereas life span is the actual length of time that a specific individual lives. Learn about the definitions and factors of life expectancy and life span.

Health, Fitness, and Sexuality in Late Adulthood

10. Health, Fitness, and Sexuality in Late Adulthood

When moving into late adulthood, people often experience health issues due to lack of fitness and healthy diet as well as a decrease in sexuality. Learn more about these problems in late adulthood, including tips and benefits of improving diet, exercise, and sexual health.

Major Mental Health Concerns in Late Adulthood

11. Major Mental Health Concerns in Late Adulthood

Adults over the age of 65 can face major mental health concerns, particularly with dementia. Learn about the types of issues people face in late adulthood, including dementia, frontotemporal dementia, and multi-infarct dementia.

Cognitive Development in Late Adulthood

12. Cognitive Development in Late Adulthood

As people age, their cognitive abilities change. Learn about cognitive development in late adulthood, including information processing, wisdom, memory, and attention. Explore implicit and procedural memory, and review two approaches to define wisdom.

What is Gerontology? - Definition & History

13. What is Gerontology? - Definition & History

Gerontology is the study of how people age and develop through middle age and later life. Explore the definition and history of gerontology and learn about caretaking, research, policy, and programs around gerontology.

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