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Ch 16: Middle Adulthood Psychosocial Development

About This Chapter

Look at these lessons to learn about the psychosocial development that takes place during middle adulthood. Prepare for in-class discussions, cram for an upcoming test, or just familiarize yourself with what to expect during this stage of life.

Middle Adulthood Psychosocial Development - Chapter Summary

Although people may think the bulk of psychological and social changes occur during adolescence, major life changes can happen at any moment, many of which leading to further our own psychosocial development. In this chapter you will get to explore the psychosocial development that occurs in middle adulthood.

As you go through this chapter, remember that our site offers you a full range of tools to help you study. For instance, several chapters include video lessons, which let you hear the instructors as they teach you important terms and concepts. Text-based lessons are also available, and they use highly-organized formatting to point out the main topics, vocabulary words, and definitions. Once you have mastered this chapter, you will be ready to:

  • Define terms like empty nest syndrome and mid-life crisis
  • Compare family changes and configurations during middle adulthood
  • Examine issues regarding divorce and remarriage
  • Learn about changes in gender roles during middle adulthood
  • Review middle adulthood career changes, unemployment, and job performance

5 Lessons in Chapter 16: Middle Adulthood Psychosocial Development
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Middle Adulthood Transitions: Mid-Life Crisis & Empty Nest Syndrome

1. Middle Adulthood Transitions: Mid-Life Crisis & Empty Nest Syndrome

Middle age is a time of transitions, when people's lives are changing rapidly. In this lesson, we'll look at two ways that people often react to those changes: mid-life crises and empty nest syndrome.

Family Configurations and Changes in Middle Adulthood

2. Family Configurations and Changes in Middle Adulthood

During middle adulthood, many people find that their family dynamics change. In this lesson, we'll look at some of these changes, like becoming a grandparent and the challenges faced when a person is taking care of both their kids and parents.

Divorce and Remarriage in Adulthood

3. Divorce and Remarriage in Adulthood

When people fall in love, they often want to get married. But what happens when 'happily ever after' turns out to not last 'ever after?' In this lesson, we'll look at some psychological aspects of divorce and remarriage.

Gender Role Changes in Middle Adulthood

4. Gender Role Changes in Middle Adulthood

Middle adulthood is a time of great change for most people. But men and women experience those changes differently. In this lesson, we'll take a look at the way gender impacts middle age, including the famed mid-life crisis and gender crossover.

Job Performance, Career Change, and Unemployment in Middle Adulthood

5. Job Performance, Career Change, and Unemployment in Middle Adulthood

Making a living can be a major endeavor! Watch this lesson to find out more about work in middle adulthood. We'll cover the topics of career and job changes, age discrimination and unemployment and their effect on middle age.

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