To understand and apply the main issues and principles discussed in the chapters on middle adulthood. Interview TWO individuals who are in their middle adulthood (i.e., in their 40s or 50s), who is of the same gender but different ethnicity, to find out his/her experiences and main challenges during this stage of life compared to their early adulthood stage.
Consider the following points during your interview/data collection:
What are some noticeable changes that are taking place (physically, cognitively, and
socioemotionally), compared to the early adulthood stage?
What are some specific roles assigned or expected of the person in his/her family or culture? What is his/her view with regards to the roles?
How does context (culture/ethnicity) of development play a part in their lives?
Write-up (about 2000 words):
1. Identify and discuss the main changes and challenges that take place as an individual enters
and going through middle adulthood. Your discussion should demonstrate clear integration
of data from your interview, and sound theoretical principles on developmental processes
covered in this course (i.e., biological, cognitive, and socioemotional). Provide your own conclusion about the two midlife adults based on your observation (e.g., whether their experience is pleasant or otherwise).
2. Evaluate whether midlife entails a crisis in development according to each of the adult stage
theories. Explain the differences between the concept of midlife crisis and the search for generativity, as well as examine the idea of midlife consciousness. In your analysis, make link to the experiences of the two mid-life adults you have interviewed. Also, highlight any points that might have been impacted by cultural differences (i.e., ethnicity).
3. Identify and discuss the most interesting/fascinating things that you have learned from this informal research/interview. Point out any theories or principles that may be difficult to
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