Adult Development and Aging
The purpose of this course is to describe and analyze the adult life course from the transition to adulthood and continuing through old age and death. The course is divided into three sections.
Section One includes an examination of the age structures of developed and developing nations, focusing on the meaning of an aging population for the future of the U.S. Section Two reviews social, psychological, and social psychological aspects of the human life course from the transition to adulthood through middle age. In particular, it identifies the developmental challenges of young adulthood (finding one’s identity, establishing an intimate relationship), and middle age (developing generativity) as well as the social adaptation of each (finding a job and getting married in young adulthood; caring for parents and reaching occupational summits in middle age). Section Three concentrates on late life, again viewing changes from social (retirement, widowhood) and psychological (ego integrity, wisdom, life review) perspectives.