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Adolescence and Adulthood

PSY/202
April 29, 2012

Adolescence and Adulthood
The psychosocial development stage during adolescence is the search for identity. Psychosocial development encompasses the way peoples understanding for themselves, one another and the world around them changes during the course of development. I think that around the age of 15 years old I was beginning to go through this stage. I got my first part time job and no longer felt that I needed my parents to give me the money to go and do what I wanted. If I didn’t need their money I figured they couldn’t tell me what I could or could not do. Being that I was doing the things my parents asked me not to do, such as hang out with older guys, I began feeling pressured into doing things I wouldn’t have otherwise tried at the young age of 15 years old. This made me feel that I was able to better fit in with this particular crowd I surrounded myself with. I dabbled with alcohol, drugs which quickly became an almost every day thing later leading me into a life of alcoholism and addiction. These are things I wish I could go back and change but have also shaped me into being the person I am today. For that I am grateful because I have gained tremendous life experience in the process. In late adulthood there are some physical and cognitive changes that occur. Some of the physical changes brought about by the aging process the most obvious are those of appearance, hair thinning and turning gray, skin wrinkling and folding, and sometimes a slight loss of height. Subtler changes also occur in the bodies biological functioning. Sensory capabilities decrees as a result of aging, vision, hearing smell and taste become less sensitive. Some of the cognitive changes that take place in late adulthood are skills that relate to fluid intelligence, information processing skills like memory, calculations and analogy solving tend to decline in late adulthood. Even though these changes may occur people are...
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