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My View of Lifespan Development

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Lifespan development is “the field of study that examines patterns of growth, change, and the stability in behavior that occur throughout the entire life span” (Feldman, 2014, pg 5). The biological inheritance from my parents, the environments I have walked through, and my increase awareness of spirituality have molded me into a great person. Thus, “development requires that we look at the joint efforts of the interaction of heredity and environment, and how, in the end underlie human behavior” (Feldman, 2014, pg 5). Throughout this paper important aspects of each developmental stage- prenatal, infancy, early childhood, middle childhood, adolescence, early and middle adulthood, and spirituality will be discussed and I will include examples of my own development ultimately showing that I have been blessed with a great life. The first developmental stage of the life span is prenatal development. A major environmental factor in this stage is the mother. “Women who adopt healthy eating patterns during pregnancy not only contribute to fetal well-being, but also reduce the likelihood of developing chronic illnesses and enhance overall health” (Fowles, E., & Fowles, S., 2008, p. 149). Furthermore, “heavy drinking during pregnancy is associated with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders involving outcomes as intrauterine growth retardation (IUGR), placenta abruption, stillbirth, spontaneous abortion, birth defects, and neurodevelopmental disorders” (Meyer-Leu, Y., Lemola, S.,
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