Adulthood is the second stage, which starts at the age of twenty through the age of fifty-nine. (Santrock, 2012, p 17). This is known to be the longest span of development. In this period of my mother’s life she was learning herself and who she wanted to be as a women. She was focused on her marriage raising her children as while as her career. My mother has poems and articles that were published. My mother was just recently diagnosed with diabetes, I lost my father to diabetes when I was sixteen, he was forty-one. In this stage you are learning who you are a person. Building your career, family and future. While dealing with physical changes and life.
Old Age is referred to as sixty years of age until death. Usually at this time people are retired but now you see elders working because they need the income. So they pick up jobs working at Wal-Mart, Sam’s Club and other stores and hospitals as greeters to supplement their income. My mother in law is sixty-five and was forced to retire due to her health but she is now looking for a job to supplement her income. She does enjoy the fact that she has more time to spend with her family.
Freud’s theory focused on pleasure and sexual impulses. As a result he developed five stages of psychosexual development: oral, anal, phallic, latency, and genital. Freud’s way of resolving conflict were by sources of pleasure at each stage and by demands of reality. (Santrock, 2012, p 22). Piaget’s theory states that children go through from stages: Sensorimotor, preoperational, concrete operational and formal operational stage. Each stage is related to a distinct way of thinking and how you understand the world. (Santrock, 2012, p 22-23). Erikson emphasized the importance of both early and later life experiences. Erikson developed a eight-stage life span: Integrity versus despair, generativity versus stagnation, intimacy versus isolation, identity versus