Ch 4: Adult Growth & Development

About This Chapter

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 4: Adult Growth & 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.

What is Gerontology? - Definition & History

13. What is Gerontology? - Definition & History

This lesson explores the topic of gerontology and how this broad definition of gerontology has many fields that work together. This includes care-taking, research and policy issues all dealing with middle aged and older adults.

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