The Study of Adult Development and Aging:
This chapter is the third and final chapter that serves as background for what is to follow in the rest of the course.
Given that the topic is not one that inherently
Themes and Issues in Adult Development and Aging
As the opening chapter to the book, the material covered here provides the orientation to the course. There is
enough material in this chapter to cover two to three lectures. During the first lect
Death and Dying
This is a fascinating topic highly relevant to the goals of the course. Without becoming morbid, the instructor can
generate considerable excitement about a topic that naturally draws student interest. Althoug
Basic Cognitive Functions: Information Processing,
Attention, and Memory
Students who do not have an extensive background in cognitive psychology will find the material in this chapter
somewhat tough going as it is not necessa
3 Clusters of intelligence
o Problem solving ability
o Verbal ability
o Social Competence
Life span View
o Theories of intelligence have 4 concepts
o Baltes The dual
Aspects of personality that are consistent across different contexts
Can be compared across a group along continuum representing high and low degrees of
It is important to remember that applying the diag- nostic criteria to older
adults can present specific chal- lenges that require specialized knowledge of
older adults. For example, many older adults will become widowed. When
does normal grieving become
Diagnosing Mental llness in Older Adults
HH/PSYCH 3490 A
Psychological disorders include various different behaviors and experiences, that dont
necessarily fall into the social norms of our society. Th
1. Dismissing an older person's account of their physical aches and pains by saying "What do you expect for someone
your age?" is a form of
c. life-span perspective.
d. age effects.
Perspectives on Adult De
52. Compare an experimental with a quasi-experimental design.
Which type of design is used in studies on aging?
Section Reference: Variables in Developmental Research
53. Define age, cohort, and time of measurement. What is each
1. What occupation a person holds appears to have no impact on a person's need to derive
b. a sense of meaning
d. career stability
Occupational Selection and Development
LEARNING OBJECTIVES: ADaA.C
simple reaction time tasks
choice reaction time tasks
general slowing hypothesis
visual search tasks
simple visual search
conjunction visual search
sustained attention task
refers to the wa
activities of daily living (ADL)
instrumental activities of daily living (IADL)
chronic obstructive pulmo nary disease (COPD)
mild cognitive impairment (MCI),
which are the indi
52. What are the three major approaches to understanding development? How do they differ in their emphasis on
the role of the individual in development?
Life Span perspective development is continuous from childhood to old age
a view of development as a complex interaction of b
psychological, and social processes.
Mechanistic model of Development
The interactionist model
principle of plasticity in development
concept of reciprocity in development
which is the medical spec
(taken from the term org
proposes that heredity dr
Primary Mental Abili ties Test (PMAT)
Cattell-Horn-Carroll (CHC) model of intelligence
proposes that intelligence
THE PSYCHOLOGY O
The outermost layer of
, the middle layer of the
skin, contains protein
molecules of collagen
and elastin, among
which various nerve
Infant Small number,
Mainly close relatives
Adult Larger number, peers
and nuclear family
Older Adults Smalled
number, More symbolic
proposes that the early bond
between the infant and
caregiver sets the stag
The topic of marriage and family constitutes an entire course in itself, so it is somewhat of a challenge to condense
it into one or two lectures. You should use your lecture time carefully and students should be
1. According to Birren and Renner's definition, which of the following does not characterize mentally healthy people?
a. personality balance
b. mastery of the environment
c. lack of touch with reality
d. growth and self-actualization
1. Images of older adults as slow, forgetful, and easily confused are based on
a. negative stereotypes.
b. negative attributions.
c. negative correlations.
d. biased research findings.
Stereotypes and Aging
LEARNING OBJECTIVES: ADaA.
1. Which theorist(s) described three parallel levels of personality structure and function?
c. Costa and McCrae
Dispositional Traits Across Adulthood
ADaA.CAVA.15.09.01 - Wh
Chapter 1: Introduction
Community psychology is about everyday events that happen in all of our lives.
About the relationships we have with those around us, and how those relationships can
help in times of trouble and can enhance our lives in so many ot
Mental Health Issues and Treatment
There is extensive material in this chapter; virtually a short form of a course in abnormal psychology. Therefore,
the instructor must proceed with the assumption that students have done the
Successful Aging and Creativity
As mentioned in the last chapter, the end of the course covers successful aging rather than death and dying. This
allows the instructor to send the students out of the course with an upbeat fee