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Political and Ethical Issues in Studying Adult Development and Aging - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives
The videos in this chapter are designed to help you understand the different theories that are used to explain how adults develop and age, including some of their more contentious aspects. In particular, your instructors will discuss the different influences on the aging process, including those related to a person's chronological age, age cohort and life events. You'll also have the opportunity to consider how much of human behavior is either pre-determined by heredity or develops as a reaction to an individual's culture and personal experience.
Changes in human behavior will be covered, including whether it's continuous and cumulative or occurs in distinct stages throughout our lifetimes. You'll also learn what psychologists think about our ability to change as we age as well as why we all learn to learn to do some of the same things, like talking and walking, without regard to our cultural or ethnic orientation. After you've finished watching the videos and completed the online self-assessments, you should have an understanding of the following:
- The full complement of forces that affect adult development
- Normative age-graded influences on aging, including examples
- Normative history-graded influences on aging, including examples
- Non-normative influences on aging, including examples
- How culture and ethnicity affect the aging process
- The controversial concepts used to examine and explain adult development
|The Forces of Adult Development: Biological, Psychological, Sociocultural and Life Cycle||Define the influential factors associated with adult development, including those related to biology, psychology and sociocultural effects.|
|The Developmental Influences of Aging: Definition and Examples||Describe what is meant by normative age-graded, normative history-graded and non-normative influences on aging.|
|Cultural and Ethnic Influences on Aging: Definition and Examples||Discuss how culture and ethnicity influence the aging process.|
|Controversies Surrounding the Study of Adult Development and Aging||Understand the controversial aspects of the following developmental concepts: continuity vs. discontinuity, nature vs. nurture, stability vs. change and universal vs. context-specific development.|
1. The Forces of Adult Development: Biological, Psychological, Sociocultural & Life-cycle
This lesson will briefly cover the four main forces that work together to influence a person's development from childhood through adulthood: biological, psychological, sociocultural, and life-cycle.
2. 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.
3. Cultural & Ethnic Influences on Aging
In this lesson, we will explore a handful of aging processes that are different when a researcher compares them by ethnicity. This includes the changes in skin, health, and religion.
4. Controversies Surrounding the Study of Adult Development and Aging
Controversies have developed over a difference in opinion about certain aspects of development. This lesson explores some of the controversies in developmental psychology, as well as providing possible answers to resolve them.
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Other chapters within the Psychology of Adulthood & Aging for Teachers: Professional Development course
- Introduction to Adult Development and Aging
- Research Methods and the Study of Adult Development and Aging
- Conducting Ethical Research
- Personality & Aging
- Health of the Aging Population
- The Aging Muscle, Skeletal, and Integumentary Systems
- The Aging Sensory System
- The Aging Circulatory and Respiratory Systems
- The Aging Brain and Nervous System
- The Aging Endocrine and Reproductive Systems
- Attention and Memory of the Aging Population
- Chronic Conditions of the Aging Population
- Cognitive Development & Aging
- Intelligence, Creativity, and Wisdom
- Mental Health and Lifespan Development Disorders
- Clinical Assessment in Psychology
- Anxiety Disorders Related to Aging
- Substance Use Disorders & Aging Populations
- Cognitive Disorders in Abnormal Psychology
- Mood and Stress Disorders
- Treatment Methods for Psychological Disorders in Adults
- Relationships in Adulthood
- Work in Early, Middle, and Late Adulthood
- Retirement and Leisure in Adulthood
- Death, Dying, and Bereavement