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Contexts of Midlife Development

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Felicia Frank

on 28 March 2014

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Contexts of Midlife Development
Historical Contexts (Cohort Effects)
Bernice Neugarten (1964)
She emphasized the powerful influence of age group or Cohort on people's lives.
Social Clock
the timetable according to which individuals are expected to accomplish life's tasks.
Such as getting married, having children, or establishing a career
Cultural Context
Cultural Effects
In nonindustrialized cultures, the concept of middle age is not very clear or absent.
Some cultures have no words for "adolescent," "young people," or "middle age adults," but have other words for other categories.
What is it like for middle age women in other cultures?
In some cultures middle age women have certain advantages like:
freedom from restrictions that were placed on them in there youth
exercise authority over specific younger kin
eligible for special statuses
Life Events Approach
Urie Bronfenbrenner (Chapter one)
Bronfenbrenner's Bioecological Theory
This theory highlighted the importance on the complex setting of our lives.
Complex settings
Our income and family supports to our sociohistorical circumstances.
'''Traditional healers of South Africa'''
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