Midlife Behavior

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From the life course perspective, midlife behavior has both antecedents and consequences. Earlier life experiences can serve either as risk factors or as protective factors for the health and well-being during this stage of development. According to the study Journey from Childhood to Midlife completed by Werner and Ruth Smith in 2001, by middle adulthood, most people have noted a balancing in their lives and improvement in overall quality of their lives. The period of early adulthood had provided positive turning points such as community college, marriage to a stable partner or military service. A contributing factor is relationships that provided emotional support as well. The presence of a nurturing caregiver from infancy, as well as emotional support along the way from extended family, peers, and caring adults outside the family created a positive environment for the person to continue along the life course. Erik Erikson, Karl Jung and Daniel Levinson are three prominent developmental theorists on human development on the journey of life. Erik Erikson, Karl Jung and Daniel Levinson are three prominent developmental theorists on human development on the journey of life. Erik Erikson theory surrounding middle adulthood is it a time of balancing everything in the person’s life. It is the time for a person to take stock of their accomplishments, the direction their life is going and the purpose of their life. Erik Erikson theorizes middle adulthood significant task is to transmit values and culture to their children and working to create a stable environment. Family and the work environment are first things listed as priorities in this stage of development. Erikson theory feels generativity is of great importance in this ... ... middle of paper ... ...ioner can assist with the balancing. In doing so, the social work practitioner needs to be aware of both the historical and cultural aspects the person’s life. Using the social convoy method the social work practitioner and client can assess whether relationships are either a protective or risk factor to the client. After do so, areas of weakness can be addressed and improve the person’s emotional well-being. Suggestions could be ways to include and make friendships pr evaluate the reason why the client does not have any if this adversely affects their overall well-being. Identifying relationships, their roles and community involvement can help the client balance out their life in their life journey through middle adulthood. Works Cited Hutchinson, Elizabeth D. Dimensions of Human Behavior: The Changing Life Course. (2008) California: Sage Publications 2008
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