This course studies adult development and aging. It focuses on the developmental changes related to biological, psychological and social processes. Coping strategies and intervention techniques will be examined.
(A requirement that must be completed before taking this course.)
- Twenty-six hours of transferable credit or consent of department.
- Successful completion of PSYCH 201 is highly recommended.
Upon successful completion of the course, the student should be able to:
- Summarize the contributions and criticisms of the major developmental theories.
- Describe the eclectic perspective of contemporary developmentalists.
- Describe common mistakes made in the interpretation of research.
- Examine cultural and ethnic diversity views on aging.
- Evaluate the relationship between health and certain lifestyle factors that impact middle adulthood.
- Identify measures for increasing health during middle adulthood.
- Examine changes in memory, attention and learning in adulthood.
- Evaluate changes in cognition, and emotion in adulthood.
- Define ageism.
- Explain the contributions of gerontology to changing views about old age.
- Describe religious and cultural variations in how death is viewed and treated.
- Discuss secondary aging as a cause of cognitive decline.
- Discuss alternative care arrangements for the frail elderly, identifying some of the potential advantages and disadvantages of each.
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