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Identify—Theories of Psychosocial Development in Midlife

Activity 16.1

Determine whether each of the following statements reflects the psychosocial theory of Erikson, Levinson, or Vaillant.

This activity contains 10 questions.

Question 1.
Adults in their late 40s and 50s carry peak responsibility for the functioning of society.

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Question 2.
During midlife adults can be tempted to become self-centered, preventing them from contributing to society’s welfare.

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Question 3.
During midlife adults modify their life structure.

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Question 4.
Middle age is a time when people reconcile masculine and feminine parts of the self.

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Question 5.
Middle-aged adults reassess their relation to themselves and the external world.

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Question 6.
Most men and women experience substantial inner turmoil during the transition to middle adulthood.

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Question 7.
Most middle-aged adults have a "belief in the species" that motivates them to make a contribution that will survive their death.

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Question 8.
The psychological conflict of generativity versus stagnation

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Question 9.
This theorist characterizes change in midlife as being typically slow and steady.

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Question 10.
This theorist outlines four developmental tasks of middle adulthood.

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