Ch 2: Political and Ethical Issues in Studying Adult Development and Aging

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Watch video lessons and learn about the behavioral, cultural and social factors associated with adult development and the aging process. These easy-to-follow lessons are just a portion of our online study guide and video collection.

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 AgingUnderstand the controversial aspects of the following developmental concepts: continuity vs. discontinuity, nature vs. nurture, stability vs. change and universal vs. context-specific development.

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