This edition: Middle Adulthood: Psychosocial Development
This lesson addresses the challenges and changes of middle adulthood in terms of emotional and social development. Research suggests that most midlife adults do not experience a “midlife crisis”; nevertheless, changes in careers, divorce, or health inevitably have some effect on one’s life. Personality differences influence how individuals handle these changes. During midlife, many adults become part of what is termed “the sandwich generation,” caring for the needs of their children as well as their aging parents. Oftentimes, family and friends serve as important sources of satisfaction with life.