From Young Adulthood Through the Middle Ages

Authored by: Ravenna Helson , Christopher J. Soto , Rebecca A. Cate

Handbook of Personality Development

Print publication date:  April  2006
Online publication date:  February  2014

Print ISBN: 9780805847161
eBook ISBN: 9781315805610
Adobe ISBN: 9781317778073


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Periods of life have underpinnings in the universals of biology and social life, but they are conceptualized differently in different cultures and historical periods (Menon, 2001; Shweder, 1998). Middle age is not recognized at all in some societies, but in ours estimates often stretch from age 35 or 40 to age 60 or 65—a span of 20 to 30 years. The question of whether or not personality should be expected to change or develop within this period has received little attention. This chapter begins with a brief and selective review of two background topics: (a) relations between age, roles, status, and personality, and (b) personality change in adulthood. Then after a brief consideration of middle age as a whole, the issue of making differentiations within this long expanse is discussed. Three phases of middle age are proposed, then longitudinal evidence supporting the conception along with divergent findings are presented- Finally, there are suggestions for further research.

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