developmental issues and lifespan theories

After reading the vignette below you will be asked to answer questions regarding the individuals in the story and their relationship to one another. Please make sure you reference both the textbook from our course (or another appropriate Master’s level Lifespan Development text) and appropriate articles. Every point you make should have support from research and the theories associated with that area of development. Your overall response should be 6-8 pages, doubled spaced, APA.

Lisa and John are a married couple who live in Wilmington, NC and have been married for 8 years. Lisa is 38-years-old and this is her first marriage. She is pregnant with their second child and is due in two months. She has suffered from bouts of depression and cannot be on her prescription medication because she is pregnant. She was also recently diagnosed with gestational diabetes. John is 54 and has been married before but divorced his first wife 10 years ago. He is recently unemployed as he lost his job as an investment banker in Manhattan and has not been able to find a new job in the past 6 months. He is contemplating going back to college to earn a masters in I/O psychology. From that first marriage he has a son, Kyle, who is 17-years-old who lives with them and only sees his mother once a month as she lives in Maryland. Kyle is a typical adolescent who sometimes drinks too much when he is with his friends and is an average student. He is contemplating joining the Army once he graduates from high school but Lisa and John are torn. They believe he would benefit from the training but are worried about his safety. Lisa and John’s biological son, Blake, is 6-years-old. He was having a great deal of difficulty concentrating in school and was recently diagnosed with ADHD. Also in their house lives John’s mother, Violet, who is 82-years-old. She is recently widowed and was unhappy when Lisa and John made her sell her home and move into their house. She suffers from various physical ailments that make it difficult for her to easily move around on her own and she has recently become forgetful.

1. Discuss two (2) normal developmental issues you would expect to see for each of the following five family members (do not discuss the specific issues attached to them above – focus on where they are in the lifespan and normal issues they would face being the age that they are): Lisa, John, Kyle, Blake, and Violet (issues can be focused on any lifespan area including: biological, psychological, cognitive, social-emotional, cultural, etc.).

2. Select two (2) of the relationships described above (married couple, parent/child, step-parent/child, sibling, in-law, etc.) and describe the difficulties that could present themselves in that relationship and important factors in ensuring a healthy relationship according to current research findings.

3. Select two (2) of the issues faced by the individuals above (e.g., Lisa – depressed & pregnant, Blake – ADHD, etc.) and apply two lifespan theories to each of these issues. Compare and contrast the different perspectives the theories would take on the issue and how they would advise a healthy resolution of that issue or interventions that could be created. You cannot use a theory more than once. In other words, if you apply Vygotsky’s sociocultural approach and social learning theory to Lisa’s issue you cannot use those two again to address the issues of the remaining individuals. Select from: Psychoanalytic perspective, Piaget’s cognitive-development, ethology and evolutionary development, ecological systems, behaviorism and social learning, information processing, Vygotsky’s sociocultural, or the lifespan perspective.

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