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LDP Part 2 1 Running head: LIFESPAN DEVELOPMENT PROJECT: PART 2 Lifespan Development Project Part 2: Middle Childhood & Adolescence Travis H Matheny SS350-02 Developmental Psychology Kaplan University Professor Peter Lenz Ph.D. September 6, 2010
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LDP Part 2 2 Lifespan Development Project Part 2: Middle Childhood & Adolescence This is the second part of the lifespan development project in which the primary goal is to continue discussing the lifespan development of Dianne Sowell during middle childhood and adolescence. This paper will discuss how middle childhood is a time of great psychological and physiological change. It explains how the cognitive, social, emotional, and physical development that occurs during this time prepares children for the difficulties faced during adolescence. As such, it concludes that proper psychological and physiological development during middle childhood is essential for the healthy transition into young adulthood. Dianne explains that she was raised to believe in the importance of family and that she can remember having a very loving caring attitude toward her siblings, two older brothers Larry and Ted, one younger brother Gary and a younger sister Carol. She had also conveyed that although she had a very caring, loving relationship with all her siblings she was especially close to her brother Ted that was just 18 months her senior. She claims they were inseparable from early childhood on. She described her relationship with peers and friends as healthy easygoing relationships, she mentions that she learned early on to try and distance herself from becoming to close and attached to friends because she moved allot during her middle childhood years and developing close friendships made moving even more difficult. Dianne’s Father was a World War II Veteran and although he had already left the military before Dianne was born he might as well have still been in the military being that he worked for the railroad and like the military his job required him to uproot his family and move on a moment’s notice. She explained that between ages six and twelve she had moved a total of five times. She was born in Peoria Illinois where she lived until age six, she remembers the first time they moved and referred to it as a very
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LDP Part 2 3 traumatic experience, she was half way through her first year of school which in those days was first grade because kindergarten did not exist in 1954 when she started school, she had developed some very close friendships with kids from her neighborhood that also attended her school, she remembers crying on and off for weeks. She said the only thing that made her feel better was going for long walks with her poodle. This experience is what kept her from wanting to develop close friendships in the future, however try as she might every time she moved she had to leave close friends behind and by the time she was twelve she had lived in Louisiana, Oklahoma, Virginia, South Carolina, Florida and Puerto Rico and as one might imagine this process never got any easier.
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