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Physical and Cognitive development in Early Adulthood. WEEK III. Chapter 13 Topic 15. Physical development (442-455) Motor Functioning Health, nutrition, obesity Physical disability Stress (origin & consequences)and coping PNI hardiness. I. Physical Development and Stress.

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chapter 13 topic 15
Chapter 13 Topic 15
  • Physical development (442-455)
  • Motor Functioning
  • Health, nutrition, obesity
  • Physical disability
  • Stress (origin & consequences)and coping
  • PNI
  • hardiness
physical development and the senses
Physical development and the senses
  • Peak is reached:Physical development tends to be complete by early adulthood, a time during which physical capabilities are at a peak.
  • Strength:although young adults are typically healthy, vigorous, and energetic, senescence has begun.
  • Senescence:the natural physical decline brought about by aging.
  • Growth in height and weight:late maturers do tend to continue to grow during this period; parts of the body, such as the brain-which grows in both size and weight-continue to grow.
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Physical development and the senses

Young adults tend to be at the peak of their psychomotor abilities:

  • The sensestend to be strong throughout this period.
  • Reaction time is quicker.
  • Muscle strength is greater.
  • Eye-hand coordination is better than at any other period.
fitness and health
Fitness and Health

Frequent exercise of moderate intensity

  • exercise increases cardiovascular fitness,
  • lung capacity increases,
  • muscles become stronger and the body is more flexible and maneuverable;
  • the range of moment is greater and muscles, tendons, and ligaments are more elastic;
  • exercise helps reduce osteoporosis and may optimize the immune system of the body,
  • decrease stress and anxiety and reduce depression;
  • exercise increases longevity.
health
Health

Health in early adulthood is affected by:

  • accidents,
  • diseases (such as AIDS, cancer, and heart disease)
  • suicide;

Secondary aging is associated with

  • lifestyle choice,
  • environmental influences,
  • cultural factors such as gender and race.
nutrition
Nutrition
  • To maintain proper/healthy nutrition, young adults must taper the amount of calories they consumed during adolescence and pay attention to the types of foods they eat.
  • Young adults who do not reduce their calorie intake and eat foods high in fat are at risk for becoming overweight and, in some cases, obese.
physical disabilities
Physical Disabilities
  • Individuals with disabilities face physical barriers: They cannot have access to many buildings, especially the old ones.
  • And prejudice and discrimination:
    • They sometimes face pity or avoidance from non disabled people.
    • Sometimes they are treated as children.
psychological stress
Psychological Stress
  • Stress: the physical and emotional response to events that threaten or challenge us.
  • PNI: Psychoneuroimmunology - The study of the relationship among the brain, the immune system and psychological factors.

Outcomes: biological reaction, such as hormones, secreted by adrenal glands, cause a rise in heart rate, blood pressure, respiration rate, and sweating.

stress
Stress
  • Can be positive (eustress) or negative (distress).
  • Important to definition of stress is the person’s appraisal of whether or not his or her resources are sufficient to meet the demands of the situation.
  • Stress has been linked to a variety of health problems.
  • Young adults frequently deny stress and turn to health compromising behaviors to feel better.
stress and health
Stress and health
  • Evidence that stress causes illness, but how?
    • Direct
      • Tight shoulders
      • Fatigue
      • Can lead to conditions such as headaches, ulcers, high blood pressure, etc
    • Indirect
      • Stress influences health behaviors
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Stress
  • Whether or not people experience stress is determined by if and how people move through a series of stages;
  • Primary appraisal is an individual's assessment of an event to determine if the implications are positive, negative, or neutral.
  • Secondary appraisal is an individual's assessment of whether or not her coping mechanisms are sufficient in face of the stressor.
the origins of stress
The origins of stress
  • Events that lead to negative emotions are more likely to lead to stress.
  • Situations that are uncontrollable are more likely to produce stress.
  • Events that are ambiguous and confusing are more likely to cause stress.
  • Having many tasks to accomplish at one time is likely to cause stress.
the consequences of stress
The Consequences of Stress

If enough stress is experienced, it can have formidable costs:

  • Stress may lead to psychosomatic disorders (medical problems caused by the interaction of psychological, emotional, and physical difficulties.), like ulcers, asma, arthritis, blood pressure, etc.
  • Stress can increase the risk of becoming sick, can cause sickness, can make it more difficult to recover from sickness,
  • Stress may reduce the ability to cope with future stress.
what is coping
What is coping?
  • The effort to control, reduce, or learn to tolerate the threats that lead to stress.
  • The process of managing the discrepancy between the demands of the situation and the available resources.
problem focused coping
Problem-Focused Coping
  • Aimed at reducing the demands of the situation or expanding the resources for dealing with it.
  • Often used when the person believes that the demand is changeable.
emotion focused coping
Emotion-Focused Coping
  • Aimed at controlling the emotional response to the stressor.
  • Behavioural(use of drugs, alcohol, social support, distraction/escaping from the source of stress) and cognitive (change the meaning of the stress).
  • Often used when the person feels he/she can’t change the stressor (e.g., bereavement); or
  • Doesn’t have resources to deal with the demand.
coping style
Coping style
  • Hardiness is a personality characteristic associated with a lower rate of stressrelated illness.
  • Defensive coping involves unconscience strategies that distort or deny the true nature of a situation.
topic 16
Topic 16
  • Cognitive development (456-460)
  • Postformal thought
  • Intelligence
  • College (463-470)
postformal thought
Postformal Thought

Although Piaget explained in his theory that cognitive development stops in the formal operational stage, others find that the adaptive thinking required of young adult's signifies further advances in cognitive capabilities.

Postformal thought: thinking that acknowledges that adult predicaments must sometimes be solved in relativistic terms.

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Postformal Thought
  • Adult thinking is more personal, practical, adaptable, and integrative.
  • Greater tolerance of ambiguity and uncertainty.
  • Combines formal operations with subjectivity.
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Dialectical Thought : an interest in and appreciation for argument, counter-argument, and debate.

It accepts that issues are not always clear cut, and that answers to questions are not always absolutely right or wrong but must sometimes be negotiated.

Postformal thinkers can shift back and forth between an abstract, ideal solution and real-world constraints that might prevent the solution from being successfully implemented.

Postformal Thought

labouvie vief s theory
Labouvie-Vief's Theory

Labouvie-Vief explains that postformal thinking is more flexible, allows for interpretive processes and reflects an understanding of relativity in interpretation of life events.

Ben is known t be a heavy drinker, especially when he goes to parties. Tyra, Ben´s wife warns that if he comes home drunk one more time, she will leave him and take the children. Tonight Ben is out late at an office party. He comes home drunk. Does Tyra leave Ben?

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Labouvie-Vief's Theory
  • Postformal thought is marked by dialectical thinking which allows young adults to search for the best resolution by drawing on and integrating past experiences.
  • Pragmatic thought
    • Structural advance in which logic becomes the tool to solve real-world problems.
    • Pragmatic thinkers accept inconsistencies as part of life and develop thinking that thrives on imperfection and compromise.
changes in structure of thought perry s theory
CHANGES IN STRUCTURE OF THOUGHTPerry's Theory
  • Interviewed students at end of each year of college.
  • Younger students dualistic thinking(dividing information, values, and authority into right and wrong, good and bad, we and they)
  • Older students multiple thinking (instead of the experts know all the answers, their own thinking has validity if their position was well thought-out and rational), relativistic thinking( able to accept that different cultures, and individuals could have different standards and values , and all of them could be equally valid.
schaie s theory
Schaie's Theory
  • Acquisitive stage (childhood and adolescence)
    • Knowledge acquisition, from concrete to formal operational thought.
  • Achieving stage (early adulthood)
    • Adapt skills to situations for achieving long-term goals applying knowledge to real life.
  • Responsibility stage (middle adulthood)
    • Responsibility to others on job, home, and community; most advanced form.
    • Executive stage, in which responsibilities have become highly complex.
  • Reintegrative stage (late adulthood)
    • Reintegration of interests, attitudes, and values; personal meaning; elderly moreselective in expending cognitive energies.
emotional intelligence
Emotional Intelligence
  • EI is the set of skills that underlies the accurate assessment, evaluation, expression and regulation of emotions.
  • EI is what gives some people the ability to get along well with others, to understand what others are feeling and experiencing, and to respond appropriately to the needs of others.
  • Creativity tends to peak during early adulthood as young adults are at a place where they can view problems that are longstanding as novel situations.
life events and c development
Life Events and C. Development
  • Major life events may lead to cognitive growth.
  • Life events that occur during early adulthood often cause individuals to rethink self and others which can lead to cognitive advances.
  • Rather than applying formal logic to situations they use a broader perspective.
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