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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