PSY 101   
[Psychology Images] Class 05: Development 3: Adolescence & Adulthood


1. Physical Changes of Adolescence

Grey vs. White matter
White matter in late adolescence

3. Identity

Eric Erikson: Identity vs. Role Confusion
James Marcia
James E. Marcia's 4 forms of identity:
  • Achievement
  • Foreclosure
  • Moratorium
  • Diffusion

"Adult Transition" or "Emerging Adulthood" as a distinct period in Western culture (Arnett et al., 2014)

Median age at first marriage  Young
          adults living with parents

[Adult Development]

1. Personality Development

  • How similar is our personality (does it change?) across the years of adulthood?
  • Erikson's Three Stages in Adulthood
    • Intimacy vs. Isolation (early to late 20s)
    • Generativity vs. Self-absorption (late 20s-mid-50s)
    • Integrity vs. Despair (after the mid-50s into old age)
[Married couple]
2. Life Transitions in Adulthood
  • Adjusting to Marriage
  • Adjusting to Parenthood
  • Adjusting to the "Empty Nest"
[Family of 12]

                      Cheek, 103 yo]3. Aging

  • Physical Changes
    • dementia (multiple cognitive problems)
    • Alzheimer's disease
  • Cognitive Changes

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