Lifespan Development

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Life Roles: Introduction As we learned in Chapter 1 of our text, lifespan development approaches human development from a scientific standpoint. To understand how people go through similar developmental stages and become unique individuals, life developmentalists look at these stages through a framework of cultural, racial, and ethnic differences. This paper will focus on three specific life roles: student, caregiver, and parent, examining the impact of culture, gender, and social status on each of these three life roles. Life Role 1: Student The basic skills, responsibilities, and expectations associated with students today are as varied as the students themselves. Chapter 13 in our text points out that that the majority of college students are white and come from the middle class. However, there is an increase in the number of minority students. The ages of college students may vary widely as well, since more than one third of them are over the age of 25 (Hussar & Bailey, 2009). The number of older students reflects a significant change in the college population. Many more students who graduate high school are waiting to attend college instead of attending college directly after high school, which had traditionally been the norm. This means that older students are returning to college after having a variety of different experiences in the world, and they are bringing with them different skill levels. Also, they are returning for a number of reasons, which in turns
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