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Family Dynamics & Aging - Chapter Summary
In this chapter on family dynamics and aging, brief lessons can help you better understand various types of families and individual aging processes. Additionally, you can refresh your memory on family systems theory, the family life cycle and how interpersonal, cultural and social dynamics affect families. Once you have worked through these lessons, you should be able to:
- Recognize dysfunctional family dynamics
- List common psychosocial theories of aging
- Explain the individual aging processes
- Discuss ageism and examples of stereotyping the elderly
- Identify ethical issues concerning life and death
Subject-matter experts present these lessons in a manner that ensures the material is easy to understand. If you find yourself struggling with a topic, you can use the Help feature to submit questions to instructors. A short quiz is available to test your knowledge of each lesson, and the quizzes can be printed as handy worksheets for offline studying.
1. Family System Theory: Definition and Changes Over Time
The Family System Theory defines family as a system of interrelated parts that impact the other and contribute to the growth (or detriment) of the other. Explore terms such as nuclear family and extended family, models of influence on families (parent effect, child effect, transactional effect), and changing trends in society and how they impact the definition of family over time.
2. The Family Life Cycle: Definition, Stages & Theory
Families typically transition through stages, progressing naturally in the theory of The Family Life Cycle. Learn these stages, and the implications of cohesion and adaptability to a healthy family dynamic.
3. How Interpersonal, Cultural & Social Dynamics Affect Families
The family environment is where most people start learning and growing. Few people ever stop being members of their families, so it is important to understand the forces that may shape these groups.
4. Impact of Disabilities on Self & Others Across the Life Span
Individuals living with disabilities often require special care and deal with unique obstacles throughout their lifespan. Discover more about the impact of disabilities, including the effects on the individual, the family, and society.
5. Dysfunctional Family Dynamics
This lesson explores the topic of dysfunctional family relationships. Characteristics and examples of dysfunctional families are presented, and functional families are discussed in comparison.
6. The Impact of Age on Behaviors, Attitudes & Identity
Explain the relationship between an individual's age and his/her behaviors, attitudes, and identity in society. Discuss the impact age has on someone's behaviors, attitudes, and identity in society.
7. Psychosocial Theories of Aging
People approach late adulthood and the process of healthy aging in different ways. Explore the three most common psychosocial theories about aging, including the disengagement, activity, and continuity theories.
8. Ageism & Stereotyping Senior Citizens: Definition & Examples
Ageism can affect everyone, but particularly those above age 65, in negative ways. Learn the definition of ageism, discover the changes that happen to our brains as we age, and explore examples of how stereotypes about aging can affect our perceptions of others.
9. Individual Aging Processes: Life Span & Life Expectancy
Aging processes differ based on the individual, but there are some ways to measure, or predict, how long people might live. Learn about life span and life expectancy, and how they differ in what they measure, and learn about gender differences in these two measurements.
10. Ethical Issues Concerning Life & Death: Terms & Definitions
Life and death are both difficult subjects in medical practice. In this lesson, explore terms and definitions surrounding the ethical issues concerning inducing death and prolonging life in patients who are often suffering or suspended in a vegetative state.
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