Ch 4: Adulthood & Aging

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These lessons help you study adulthood and aging and can prepare you for a test or assist with homework. Check yourself on the lesson concepts by taking quick quizzes.

Adulthood & Aging - Chapter Summary

Enhance your study sessions by checking out the brief lessons in this chapter on adulthood and aging. The lessons cover topics like theories of adult development, the stages of grief and bereavement, and the impact of caring for aging parents. There are also lessons on physical, psychological and emotional changes in adults; the family cycle of marriage, parenthood and the empty nest; and social factors that affect mental health. When you've completed the chapter, you will be able to:

  • Detail mental and physical responses to illness
  • Identify the stages of the family life cycle
  • Recognize the characteristics of the secure attachment style
  • Explain the differences between parenting styles
  • List developmental factors that affect aging
  • Explore examples of stereotyping elderly people
  • Discuss the role of the extended family in late adulthood
  • Describe theories of aging and death
  • Share the impact of dementia and Alzheimer's on aging

These text and video lessons are brief but comprehensive and include key terms highlighted in bold print. Take short quizzes to gauge your understanding of the information covered. Any questions you have about the lessons can be sent to the instructors by clicking the Help tab.

14 Lessons in Chapter 4: Adulthood & Aging
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Adult and Older Adult Development Theories

1. Adult and Older Adult Development Theories

What kinds of development do adults go through? In this lesson, we will look at four psychologists who discuss the ways adults develop emotionally and mentally.

Grief and Bereavement: Patterns of Bereavement & Stages of Grief

2. Grief and Bereavement: Patterns of Bereavement & Stages of Grief

Death is a term most are familiar with, but the underlying emotions and processes that accompany death are not. This lesson will define and detail the stages of grief and bereavement. In addition, this lesson will differentiate between the grief process of children and adults.

Caring for Aging Parents: Psychological Impact & Coping Strategies

3. Caring for Aging Parents: Psychological Impact & Coping Strategies

Here we will discuss the effects of caring for ones aging parents. Emphasis is placed on psychological and emotional strain brought on by the demands of caretaking, as well as ways to avoid complete burnout.

The Family Life Cycle: Definition, Stages & Theory

4. The Family Life Cycle: Definition, Stages & Theory

What kind of phases does a family typically go through? In this lesson, we will examine the family life cycle, as well as learn about two measurements for family health: cohesion and adaptability.

Secure Attachment Style: Definition & Examples

5. Secure Attachment Style: Definition & Examples

Secure attachment is one of four types of adult attachment styles. Learn more about the characteristics and signs of secure attachment from examples in this lesson.

Parenting Styles: Authoritarian, Permissive & Neglectful

6. Parenting Styles: Authoritarian, Permissive & Neglectful

How do parenting styles differ from one another, and which are most effective? You'll follow expectant parents, Mary and Larry, as they walk their neighborhood and try to learn from other parents.

The Developmental Influences of Aging: Definition & Examples

7. The Developmental Influences of Aging: Definition & Examples

This lesson will explore the developmental influences put on a person based on the culture's expectations, the world they live in, and the bizarre occurrences that happen in some people's lives.

Ageism & Stereotyping the Elderly: Definition & Examples

8. Ageism & Stereotyping the Elderly: Definition & Examples

With this lesson, we will explore the cultural phenomena of ageism and stereotyping an individual due to their age. What stereotypes do you think you have against the elderly or growing older?

Physical, Psychological and Emotional Changes in Adults

9. Physical, Psychological and Emotional Changes in Adults

As an adult you establish a unique identity, reach the proverbial midlife crisis, and eventually succumb to old age. In this lesson, learn about the physical, psychological, and emotional changes that take place along this journey.

The Family Cycle & Adult Development: Marriage, Parenthood & the Empty Nest

10. The Family Cycle & Adult Development: Marriage, Parenthood & the Empty Nest

Once a person enters adulthood, the common belief is that development is nearly complete. However, marriage and children have a great impact on adult development. This lesson will describe developmental changes adults encounter as they marry, become parents, and become grandparents.

The Role of the Extended Family in Late Adulthood

11. The Role of the Extended Family in Late Adulthood

As people age, their extended family becomes more important. In this lesson, we'll examine how multigenerational living arrangements can affect older adults and examine trends in multigenerational living arrangements.

Theories of Aging and Death: Programmed Theories vs. Damage Theories

12. Theories of Aging and Death: Programmed Theories vs. Damage Theories

We all grow old, and we all die. Let's explore the possible forces that are at work in this process. Is it predetermined how fast we will age and when we will die, or is it dependent on the amount of damage our cells are exposed to?

Social Factors Affecting the Mental Health of Older People

13. Social Factors Affecting the Mental Health of Older People

In this lesson, we will look at the relationship between growing older and mental health. We'll focus on the particular issues that older adults tend to encounter and what barriers they face in seeking treatment.

Dementia and Alzheimer's: Differences & Impact on Aging

14. Dementia and Alzheimer's: Differences & Impact on Aging

In this lesson, you will learn what dementia is and is not through definitions and examples. You will also examine Alzheimer's disease, the leading cause of dementia and memory loss in the elderly.

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