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what are the 3 core concepts of adulthood?

love, work, care


Common principles for adult development?

-stages build upon stages - you can't jump over one, have to master each before progressing
-stages are of defining yourself and separating from prior group, then re-integrating into a larger group
-non-linear process
-cycles of stability and change
-multiple areas evolving simultaneously


overall trend of adult development?

movement outward from the self, into the world. increasing committment, responsibility and connection


what are factors that can assist or slow the pace of adult development?

social structures
cultural factors


Erikson: how many of his 8 stages apply to adult development?



Levinson: what are his stages called?

4 seasons: childhood, early adult, middle adult, late adult


what did Neugarten add to the adult dev theories of Freud, Erickson, and Levinson?

the idea that there is a social clock, that things are expected to occur at a certain time and if they don't, they can throw things off


What did Levinson emphasize in terms of adult dev?

dreams (imagined self v reality)
Unique Path
Relationships as the main structure in life


what two theorists describe the internal self (inner evolution of mind/psyche/soul)

Jung, Campbell


What are Jung's two main ideas?

-collective unconscious (inherited framework, universal to all)
-Archetypes (characters commonly seen in stories around the world)


Campbell: big idea?

Universal Monomyth, Hero's Journey


what are the 3 stages we are primarily concerned with in adult development?

-intimacy v isolation
-career consolidation v self-absorption
-generativity v stagnation


age 20-30: developmental tasks? methods? outcomes?

Intimacy v Isolation
Tasks: emotional intimacy, sustained relationship, commitment while sustaining autonomy
Methods: trial/error (learning through relationships), parents as role models and often safety net.
Outcomes: committed love v self-absorption


age 30-40: developmental tasks? methods? outcomes?

Career Consolidation
Tasks: Commitment to work, Job --> Career
Methods: formation of a dream, finding a mentor, gender differences show here
Outcomes: successful career/childrearing v failure and insecurity


age 40-60: developmental tasks? methods? outcomes?

Generativity v Stagnation
Tasks: accept death, become a mentor, offer support to community, become more flexible in thinking
Methods: identify values, rebuild and rework, find roles for mentoring. may have mid-life crisis
Outcomes: Success v Failure (depression, mid-life crisis)