Devhandouts2 - Ch 16 Chapter 16 Socioemotional Development in Late Adulthood Eriksons Final Stage Integrity versus despair reflecting on the past

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Ch 16 Chapter 16 Socioemotional Development in Late Adulthood Erikson’s Final Stage Integrity versus despair -- reflecting on the past and either piecing together a positive view (integrity) or concluding that one’s life has not been well spent (despair) Life review is an essential piece of this final stage Life review -- looking back at one’s life experiences, evaluating them, interpreting and reinterpreting their significance Socioemotional Selectivity Theory Socioemotional selectivity theory -- older adults become more selective about their social networks Spend more time with familiar individuals with whom they have rewarding relationships Challenges the stereotype that older adults are in emotional despair and isolation Stereotyping Older Adults Ageism -- prejudice against others because of their age Increased numbers living longer and healthier serve to debunk the stereotypes Policy Issues -- health care costs, caring for patients with chronic disease, eldercare Eldercare
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Traditionally done by middle-aged women in the family With so many women in the work force, concern arises regarding who will be the caregivers Eldercare -- physical and emotional caretaking of older members of the family Children may be in old age themselves Lifestyle Diversity Lifestyles are changing Married older adults are happier and live longer than those who are single There are social, financial, and physical consequences of divorce for older adults Divorce weakens kinship ties Possible negative social sanctions for elders who remarry Cohabitation Increasing numbers Goals are primarily for companionship Not marrying allows for retention of personal assets Living with the Children Adult children are an important part of the social network Gender plays an important role -- adult daughters are more likely to be involved than adult sons Adult children coordinate and monitor services
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Friendship People choose close friends over new friends as they grow older Friends are associated with contentment
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This note was uploaded on 11/25/2011 for the course PSYCH 092 taught by Professor Peter during the Fall '09 term at San Jose City College.

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Devhandouts2 - Ch 16 Chapter 16 Socioemotional Development in Late Adulthood Eriksons Final Stage Integrity versus despair reflecting on the past

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