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life span dev psych Ch 8

Five basic clusters of personality traits that remain consistent throughout adulthood. These include: extroversion, agreeableness, conscientiousness, neuroticism, and openness. big five
Young adults who return home (after having been gone for some period) to live with the middle-aged parents. boomerang children
The transition from being able to bear children to being unable to do so. climacteric
Parents’ feelings of unhappiness, worry, loneliness, and depression resulting form their children’s departure from home. empty nest syndrome
Refers to the acquisition of skills or knowledge in a specific area. This usually occurs in a focused area, e.g., an occupational specialty area. expertise
People who accept and treat a person like a family member even though the people are neither biologically nor legally related. fictive kin
A tendency where men and women tend to become more similar as they move through middle age. gender convergence
A situation in which each sex takes on the other sex’s roles and traits in later life, i.e., women become more self-confident and men more emotional. gender crossover
Erikson’s middle adulthood stage in which people consider their contributions to family and society. generativity versus stagnation
Physical and psychological change related to the male reproductive system that occurs during late middle age. male climacteric
The cessation of menstruation. menopause
A period of unusual anxiety and radical transformation that is commonly associated with middle age. midlife crisis
Loss of the ability to hear sounds of high frequency. presbycusis
. A nearly universal change in eyesight that results in some loss of near vision. presbyopia
Age-related changes that are an inevitable part of aging. primary aging
A term used to describe couples in middle adulthood who must fulfill the needs of both their children and their aging parents. Largely now considered a myth since some adults do feel pressured by obligations but do not feel themselves burdened by them. sandwich generation
Organized bodies of information stored in memory that help explain the way the world is organized, allow the categorization of information, and the interpretation of new information. schemas
Age-related changes that take place as the result of a person’s behavior or a society’s failure to eliminate unhealthy conditions. secondary aging
A process by which people concentrate on a particular skill area to compensate for losses in other areas. selective optimization
A group of people who form relationships and socialize with an individual; it helps guide a person throughout life. social convoy
A cognitive perspective that is characterized by a broad, practical, comprehensive approach to life’s problems. It reflects timeless truths rather than immediate answers. wisdom
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