Week 4 Discussion


Middle adulthood stability derives from working, children and insome instances marriage (Freiberg, 2013).Factors resulting in stability derive from having enough savings tocater for needs. These needs include money to spend during retirementand college fees for children.

Lifestyles issues, which might negatively influence an individual’sprogressive development, involve health problems, losing someoneclose, addiction to substances or drugs, job loss and divorce orseparation from a spouse. Reversing several of the lifestylesinfluences can be achieved via altering one’s personality. Thismeans development of enthusiasm in addition to demonstratingdetermination not to give up regardless of problems encountered.

Midlife crisis is a stressing situation, which has taken place in anindividual’s personal life (Santrock, 2012).Examples of the crisis is becoming unemployed, facing monetaryconstraints, becoming ill. In some cases, midlife crisis has a majorimpact on the individuals that are affected and almost causes astandstill in their life. However, it may be something mild, wherethe individual facing the crisis is able to recover after a shortperiod. During the crisis, support from relatives and friendsencourages one to deal with the crisis. Support may be emotional orfinancial, for instance, assisting a person that has lost their jobwith money to start a business (Santrock, 2012).

Erikson evaluates the inheritance left to subsequent generations bymiddle age adults, and its influence on society. Helson looks intohow women experiencing midlife alertness instead of midlife crisishave become independent, and capable of meeting their objectives(Santrock, 2012). Levinson discusses thetransitional phases of males all through middle adulthood. Eriksonaccount of middle adulthood is the best as each parents needs toleave inheritance to their children, and the theory informs on how.


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Santrock, J. W. (2012). Life-SpanDevelopment (14th ed.). McGraw-HillLearning Solutions. Retrieved March 15, 2015, from VitalBook file