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Listening and Speaking 7-15-14 Name:____________________ _____________

Developmental tasks

TWO MAJOR DEVELOPMENT TASKS OF YOUNG ADULTHOOD

Part One: Early Adulthood

1. Define Development Tasks: ____________________________________________
2. Young Adults
a. Definition of young adult: early to mid-20s.
b. Independence from parents:
i. ____________________________________________
ii. ____________________________________________
iii. ___________________________________________
3. Major tasks for you adults: redefine relationship with parents
a. ___________________________________________
b. ___________________________________________
4. Difficulties in separation
a. Difficulty of financial independence
i. ___________________________________________
ii. financial / economic reasons = more live with parents
b. Difficulty of emotional independence
i. May always stay in role of child
ii. ___________________________________________
c. Change as frightening

Part Two: Intimacy v. Isolation
1. Erikson’s theory:
a. Adolescence: development of identity
b. Adulthood: developed identity; ready for commitment
c. ___________________________________________
2. Failure to commit = isolation, self-absorption
a. Ex: research chemist who ignores family
b. ___________________________________________
c. Reasons for isolation are negative
i. ___________________________________________
3. Challenge for young adult: to resolve intimacy v. isolation crisis
a. Must have a defined “self” first
b. Difficult for a relationship if one person does not have a developed
“self”
4. ___________________________________________
a. Young people staying single for longer
i. More freedom
ii. ___________________________________________
iii. Waiting longer to marry = lower divorce rate
5. Conclusion
a. Separation from parents
b. ___________________________________________
c. Success in these stages influences satisfaction in life

Possible Answers:
 based on mutual adulthood
 changes in the west re. marriage
 emotionally
 ex: fear of being hurt
 final stage of a separation task begins in childhood
 financially
 happening later in life now
 isolation not natural to humans
 leaving a family as a “natural” crisis point.
 life changes that a person must accomplish
 must compromise, sacrifice in relationship / marriage
 socially
 solve crisis of intimacy v. isolation
 young people question value of marriage (divorces common)