Lifespan Development

Two of the most exciting, but critical, stages in the human lifespan development are adolescence and late childhood. There are changes that people in this stages experience, which can be categorized as physical, emotional, social, and psychological. These changes are present in the transition from the transition of the individual from childhood to adolescence.

When an individual is in the phase of late childhood, heshe is grasping with the biological changes that occur in this stage. Moreover, children at this particular age are seen to be in crossroads where they are starting to feel their independence but still have to depend on others for a considerably large part of their daily lives. For example, they would like to make their own decisions regarding clothing but would still have to depend on their parents for finances because they, in general, do not have their own work. Likewise, they experience reproduction-related changes that signal their capability to produce offspring. These characteristics are present in the article entitled  Sexuality and child development Late childhood.

The continuation of late childhood is adolescence where individuals experience the rapid changes in their bodies. There is the tendency to become very particular with the physical image, which sometimes lead to problems. Likewise, individuals at this stage tend to become very aggressive. The Royal College of Psychiatrists have provided a leaflet entitled  Surviving adolescence   66 A toolkit for parents  (2004) in order to guide people about the experiences of adolescents.

I think that the stages of late childhood and adolescence are the most significant for my specialization. Being a psychologist would require the understanding of individuals going through transitions to adolescence. The changes they have to go through can become intricate to them at times and the psychologist would have to be involved in order to explain and work out the conflicts they have within them. This is especially true for the school psychologists or counselor.

The late childhood and adolescence stages serve as the foundation of the individual as they step into adulthood. The success of the individual in handling their conflicts within this stage becomes critical for hisher success in the adult stages. Most of the time, it becomes a determining factor for the path taken in the adult years.


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