Adult development focuses on the behaviors and issues that people deal with during their life span—from adolescence through the end of life

Adult development focuses on the behaviors and issues that people deal with during their life span—from adolescence through the end of life (for this course, you will focus more on the retirement age—before sixty-five years). Changes through an individual’s life span are a prominent focus in understanding adult development. Change can be classified as normative and nonnormative age-graded influences.

  • Explain why issues such as commonalities, stability, and change are considered significant in the study of adult development?
  • Describe normative and nonnormative age-graded influences?
  • Using examples from your observations of those around you, explain the importance of understanding normative and nonnormative age-graded influences in adult development.

Justify your answers with appropriate reasoning and research from your text and course readings. Comment on the postings of at least two peers, and provide an analysis of each peer’s postings while also suggesting specific additions or clarifications for improving the discussion question response.

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One of the central themes of this course is to examine your career aspirations in psychology as it relates to your studies thus far in the program. We begin the course assignments with a general question that we will open up for group discussion.

What does psychology mean to you?

This is not a simple question that can be answered in one or even several lines. The expectation is that you will incorporate cited evidence to inform and support your statements.

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