to the threads below. Your original response should be at least 350
words and should reflect the fact that you have completed the assigned
readings for the week. Remember, this is your chance to illustrate not
only your understanding, but also your mastery of the materials for the
unit. Use your words wisely so the posting has substance and includes
examples and explanations. Limit the use of direct quotes, and do your
best to critically evaluate and synthesize the literature in your own
words wherever possible. Make sure to include in-text citations and a
reference list as appropriate.
In this unit’s discussion threads, we will explore how
physical growth affects the young adult’s ability to develop social
skills to transition from adolescence to adulthood.
1) Discussion 1 of 2
From 18 to 25 years of age, the prefrontal cortex is
still developing its last connections between areas of the brain
responsible for planning, analysis, and logical problem solving. During
early adulthood, particularly during the twenties, the body is stronger
than at any other point in life. However, there are many habits that
young adults develop that result from unhealthy response to the
pressures of new responsibilities.
Describe some of the physical changes that occur (due
to internal growth and choices made) during early adulthood and how they
affect the adults’ ability to cope with life responsibilities.
Using either Perry’s theory or Labouvie-Vief’s theory,
explain cognitive development in early adulthood. Create a scenario that
demonstrates the theory. In your scenario, describe an adult (age and
sex) in a typical situation faced by young adults and explain how the
adult uses one of the theories to think through the situation.
2) Discussion 2 of 2
During early adulthood, adults face many new challenges
related to leaving their families (physically and cognitively) to
develop their own families. These families can include friends, intimate
partners, and/or peer groups (such as coworkers) that serve as new
“families.” Those who are unable to form these bonds suffer from
increased feelings of isolation. In these years, adults develop their
social skills to build relationships and continue to develop their sense
of self in the comfort of these relationships.
Using Erikson’s psychosocial theory, explain the importance of developing different types of relationships in early adulthood.
Select one of the following topics from the list below
and use the Kaplan University Library to search Developmental Psychology
or another peer reviewed journal to find an article. Then, post the
article in the doc sharing area and write a short summary of the
research question, method of experimentation, and results. How can you
use this information to help clients?