This study guide is to be used to help you
prepare for the third exam.
The study guide outlines the material presented in the text, lecture, and
discussion for which you are responsible.
Chapter 14: Early Adulthood
Define emerging adulthood and know the 5 features (page 459)
The transition from adolescence to adulthood.
a) identity exploration, especially in love and work.
d) feeling in-between
e) the age of possibilities, a time when individuals have an opportunity to transform their lives.
Define Holland’s personality type theory (pages 482-483)
View that it is important for individuals to select a career that matches up well with their personality type.
Proposes six career-related personality types: realistic, investigative, artistic, social, enterprising, and
Chapter 15: Socioemotional Development
Know the different types of love and Sternberg’s triangle of love (pages 502-503).
Strenberg’s triangle = intimacy, commitment, passion
Romantic love – also called passionate lose, or eros, romantic love has strong sexual and infatuation
components and often predominates in the early period of a love relationship.
Affectionate lose – Also know as companionate love, an individual desires to have the other person near
and has a deep, caring affection for the other person.
Consummate love – involves all three dimensions of Sternberg’s triangle.
Define “family.” Know the variations of family structure (as discussed in class)
Two or more people who are committed to each other and who share intimacy, resources,
decisions, and values.
Variations = cohabitation, lesibian/gay couples, nuclear, extended, blended, single-parent,
Describe the transition to parenthood. Know the stages in the Family Life Cycle and the interpersonal
changes that accompany each stage.
a) leaving home (“Emerging Adulthood”)
b) New couple (“Honeymoon Period”)
Financial: Joint incomes
Interpersonal: Most passion and intimacy; most volatile and conflict-filled years
c) Family with Children
Financial = costs to raise from 0-18 yrs
$330,000 for middle income family
$440,000 for high income family
Interpersonal: intimacy and passion decrease, increase commitment, decrease in maital satisfaction
d) Family with adolescents
Financially = more money
Interpersonal: parent alliance, care of aging parent
Average cost of nursing home $5,512 a month
Average salary of 65 years or older $1,250 a month
e) Family at midlife (“Launching Period”)
Accepting exits and entries into family system
Financially – college $
Interpersonal: increase in martial satisfaction, decrease in martial conflict
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