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1 Running head: Case Study Analysis: Adulthood Case Study Analysis: Adulthood Kiara L. Marshall PSY7210 Lifespan Development 16145 Sussex Detroit, MI 48235 Telephone: 313.409.1616 Email: [email protected] Instructor: Rebecca Rodriguez, PhD LP
2 Case Study Analysis: Adulthood Table of Contents Case Study Analysis: Adulthood…………………………………...…………………………..…3 Current Stresses…...………………………………………………………………………3 Life Course Changes in Adulthood……………………………………………….4 Sources of Strength……………………………………………………...………………...5 Impact of Lucia’s Return………………………………………………………………….6 Advice for the Family.…………………………………………………….…...………….7 Conclusion………………………………………………………………………………...7 References…………………………………………………………………………………………8
3 Case Study Analysis: Adulthood Case Study Analysis: Adulthood Lupe, a 45-year-old Mexican American woman who has a mother in her late 60s in which she checks on several times a week, has recently been in a depressed mood. Lupe has basically raised her two children on her own and she has been single for the last 16 years. Lupe now wants to fulfill some of her own wishes but she feels that she has a limited amount of time. As she began attending social functions at church, she has also begun to accept social invitations from the members. Now, with Lupe’s daughter and boyfriend separated, Lucia (her daughter) and Eva (granddaughter) have moved in with Lupe. Although Lupe currently has stresses in her life, her sources of strength will help her to push through with the possible impact Lucia and Eva may have on her after moving back; especially considering the professional advice this family will receive. Current Stresses Women in middle adulthood face a number of stressors, both developmental and contextual, that may cause them turmoil. According to Lupe’s case history, no developmental (or age-related) stresses are discussed. However, as one could imagine, Lupe may exhibit some of the stresses that naturally occur during middle adulthood. These stresses may include changes within her body, worry for her financial future, and worry for her future love life. Lupe’s current contextual (or nonnormative) stresses are discusses in depth, however. Nonnormative changes “create new sets of circumstances for people, and these have the potential to alter developmental trajectories” (Broderick & Blewitt, 2015, p.496). These stresses include caring for her elderly mother, single parenthood, loneliness, work injury, and her daughter and granddaughter moving back into the home. Current research findings suggest that adult children are responsive to their elderly parents and likely to allocate resources to them when help is needed (Gans, Lowenstein,

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