HD FS129 Notes for Exam - HD FS129 Notes for Exam #1 Life...

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HD FS129 Notes for Exam #1 Life Span Perspective Framework for thinking about how humans and families develop 7 Assumptions 1. Development is a life long process o Developmental tasks that take place at every stage of development, everyone will face these tasks Tasks: set of skills or competencies that we have to face and try to master Specific at every age We need to understand what went on before and what will happen after (the effect of before to after) Ex. How college students make a decision about career – do those decisions stick? What leads up to those decisions? 2. Multidirectionality o Development can take many paths As people age the gap in development becomes wider 3. Plasticity o Degree to which characteristics can or cannot change throughout the lifespan How much/in what ways can people actually change? Change can occur across the lifespan (we have to capacity to change at any age) Capacity to change in positive or negative ways Ex. Shy people become more assertive? Some people can change some cannot 4. Development must be viewed in historical context o Social movements In 1964: 1 women admitted per every 2 men (MRS. Degree) Women had to have higher GPA and higher SAT scores o Technology o War 5. Contextualism o Development must be studied in context We develop in relationships to others and in relation to other people all the time Various contexts in which we develop ( family, school, religion, etc.) and we need to understand how that effects our development Where you work effects a person profoundly (health, mood) Work-family spill over MUST HAVE A PASSION FOR WHAT YOU DO, IT MAKES YOU SUCCESSFUL AND MORE SATISFIED o **Development is an ongoing interactions between a changing individual in a changing environment
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Theme of this course It is always within you to change Notion of flexibility/adaptability that makes people successful 6. Multidimensionality o In order to understand human development we must know the factors involved Biological, cognitive, social, and emotional factors interact to affect development When you hit adolescence everything changes – look at the whole picture Girls enter puberty earlier because of fast in diet (body fat has to be at 70% to enter puberty/start period) 7. Multidisciplinary o Many disciplines: all different perspectives Anthropology Biology Psychology Sociology Developmental Age Classifications 1. Infancy and Toddlerhood Birth-2 years old 2. Early Childhood 2-6 years old 3. Middle Childhood (Late Childhood) 6-11 years old (9-11 years old) 4. Adolescence 11-18 years old (because of early puberty) 5. Early Adulthood 18-40 years old 6. Middle Adulthood 40-65 years old 7. Late Adulthood 65 and older Nature vs. Nurture Controversy Nature : the influence of heredity on development; biology based predispositions Nurture : forces in the environment that influence development Traits which have a substantial genetic predisposition:
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This note was uploaded on 03/30/2008 for the course HD FS 129 taught by Professor Mcaninch,susan during the Spring '08 term at Pennsylvania State University, University Park.

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HD FS129 Notes for Exam - HD FS129 Notes for Exam #1 Life...

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