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Running Head: CASE STUDY ANALYSIS: MIDDLE ADULTHOOD1Case Study Analysis: Middle AdulthoodCapella University
CASE STUDY ANALYSIS: Middle Adulthood2IntroductionThe case study that I choose to research and write about is the case of David a 52 year oldmiddle aged man who has been employed within the human resource field for the past 24 years. David is divorced and remarried with three children from his first marriage and two stepchildren from his current marriage. Davis shares educational expenses with his first wife as well as educational expenses of one of his step children of his second marriage. David’s current position is with a reputable area hospital that recently merged with a large network of providers to cut costs and resources. David is feeling the pressure of this merger as his job responsibilities have expanded as has the technology that he is expected to utilize. David has recently begun to suffer from significant pain in his lower back that he believes might be related to a traffic accident that happened when he was younger and has started to use prescribed medication for both anxiety and sleep problems. David has also started to self medicate by drinking a few beers upon returning home from work to assist with his anxiety. In this case analysis, I will presentthe lifespan development theories to determine which theorists apply to this case, apply the appropriate lifespan development theory to identify an intervention process, and describe the potential impact of individual and culture differences on development for the current case.
CASE STUDY ANALYSIS: Middle Adulthood3Case Study AnalysisLifespan Development TheoristUpon analyzing the case of David, I researched the various lifespan development theoriesto determine the most appropriate theory or theories to apply to this case study. There were several theorists that could be applied to David’s case study including Baltes and Baltes (1990) who developed a lifespan theory called selection, optimization, and compensation. The two theorists that I found to most closely address the case study of David would be Daniel Levinson and Erick Erikson. Levinson developed the Seasons of Life Theory and Erickson’s theory of psychosocial development. Both theories can be applied to the case study of 52 year old David. I considered an age-graded change that occurs as the relative importance of various life tasks changes as we age. David was going through an age-related change in that as his children grew older his financial responsibilities also grew. David also experiences an age-related change in

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