Adaptations in adult life

by Dr Kapila Sachdev and reviewed by Dr Chris Bools 

 

Learning outcomes:

 

By the end of this module you should be able to:

 

  • outline the main theories of human development that relate to adult life

 

  • describe Erikson’s development cycle and its relevance to adult life

 

  • demonstrate a knowledge of theories that relate to adaptations in adult life, including pairing, parenting, illness, bereavement and loss, pregnancy and childbirth

 

  • outline the development of personal identity with the maturational/ageing process

 

  • list the various types of parenting styles and describe the impact of these styles on children

 

  • outline the role of identities in adult life and their correlation with Marcia’s stages of identity formation

 

  • discuss theories about human development in adulthood, with a focus on adaptation and personal identity, e.g. Levinson’s seasons of life

 

  • describe important influences on health and the sick role

 

  • list the stages of bereavement and the difference between normal grief and a depressive reaction

 

  • demonstrate a knowledge of the psychopathology of postnatal depression and the difference between postnatal depression and postnatal blues.

 

 

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If you like this module, you may also be interested in:

 

Learning theory by Dr Hayley K Andrews

 

The development of temperament by Dr Xanthe Barkla

 

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