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DEVELOPMENTAL DATA

A. Havighurst’s Theory of Developmental Task


According to Havighurst, learning is fundamental to life and in order to have a deeper
insight on growth and development, one must understand it and recognize the premise that
human being continues to learn throughout life. Happiness is being achieved when a particular
task of a certain age is achieved by the person successfully but if not, failure occurs which is a
feeling of unhappiness and disapproval from people surrounding the client.
Our patient, 40 years of age, belong to the MIDDLE AGE, in which the following tasks
are very important to accomplish.
• ACHIEVING ADULT CIVIC AND SOCIAL RESPONSIBILTY
Mang Emong claimed that in this aspect, he was able to carry out his role as an adult and
an individual of the society. He usually participates in barangay activities such as clean
and green program as well as barangay fiestas. He greatly believes that joining in such
activities is vital since one is a part of the community and that, one should abide by it.

• ASSISTING TEENAGE CHILDREN TO BECOME RESPONSIBLE AND HAPPY


ADULTS
Our client stated that being loving father despite the absence of his wife, it serves as the
replica to his children. He verbalized that from the start his children are growing up, he
had taught them the proper values and attitudes to live by in order to become better and
fulfilled adults in the future. He also considers that the most important thing that he has
shared to his children is the virtue of being God-fearing and responsible as well.
• RELATING ONESELF TO ONE’S SPOUSE AS A PERSON
His wife works abroad, but according to him, life isn’t easy to both of them for they have
faced the most difficult trials of their life and with determination and courage to
countenance all these things, they were able to surpass it. He also admitted that though
there were times of argument, but through proper communication, they easily resolve it.
He also added that throughout the years, they have been fulfilled because of the love and
harmony they have always shared together.

• ACCEPTING AND ADJUSTING TO THE PHYSIOLOGIC CHANGES OF


MIDDLE AGE
In this aspect, our client stated that his physical and physiologic activity gradually
decreases from time to time and he is aware of this thing and somehow, accepts the
process of aging due to degenerative changes.

• ESTABLISHING AND MAINTAINING AN ECONOMIC STANDARD OF


LIVING
As the head of the family and as a provider he works hard to sustain their family needs,
he works as a tricycle driver and his earnings is placed only an important matter and he
makes sure to spend the money wisely.

• DEVELOPING ADULT LEISURE TIME ACTIVITIES


Mang Emong enjoys to be performing some leisure activities. He loves chatting with his
co drivers while waiting for passenger. At home, his past time is reading bannawag
magazines, newspapers and listening to radio. He is also fond of planting vegetables
in their backyard.

• ADJUSTING TO AGING PARENT


Mang Emong verbalized that he finally adjusted to this stage since his father passed away
when he was in his middle adolescence.

ANALYSIS:
Mang Emong achieved the expected attitude and behavior at his age although some are
partially met. His relationship with his children is also good since they maintain good closure
and communication although, there are times that conflict arises, but they believes that it’s
normal to a family’s life. This implies that he is physically, mentally, emotionally and socially
prepared to whatever crisis or unexpected event that may occur.

B. ERIK ERIKSON’S PSYCHOLOGICAL DEVELOPMENT THEORY


Mang Emong 40 years of age belongs to the stage of adulthood since his age belongs to
the 25-65 year old age bracket.
Erikson consider life as composed of sequence of levels of achievement and each stage
indicates a certain task to be achieved. An achievement would mean a healthier personality while
failure would also mean that the person will not be able to go to the next level and probably will
lead to regression.
Mang Emong’s primary developmental task is to achieve GENERATIVITY which
includes creativity, productivity and concern for others. Generativity is defined as the concern
for establishing and guiding the next generation. STAGNATION, on the contrast, is those people
who are unable to expand their interests at the time and who do not assume the responsibilities of
a middle age suffer from a sense of boredom and impoverishment, thus, people have difficulty
accepting their aging bodies and become withdrawn and isolated. Self-indulgence, self-concern,
lack of interests and commitment would mean a negative resolution.
In the case of Mang Emong, we could simply say that he was able to partially achieve the
task appropriate for his age. The idea about generativity is reflected with his family of
procreation and he does everything in order to keep his family in a stable state not only in the
economic aspect but as well as in the social, emotional and physical aspects. He told us that no
matter what happens in his life, he strongly believes that everything was planned by the Holy
Father. He was able to fully realize his worth of life when he established his own family and
gifted with 2 childrens who made his feel special.

ANALYSIS:
Mang Emong had satisfactorily achieved the initial task required at his age under
Erikson. Thereby, this means that he is ready to face any challenges and can easily adjust to any
problems that may happen. Overall, He is still struggling generativity in its optimum level.