| Adult Development and Aging
P517 | 5295 | Eklund
This course will focus on the body of research literature concerning
human development from the early adult years through the final stages of
life. Relatively more emphasis, however, will be placed on the period from
midlife through old age. Topics to be covered include: life-span
development theories; life-span research methods; theories of aging;
age-related changes in cognitive processes, intellectual functioning, and
personality; physiological changes; psychopathology associated with aging,
and implications of all these areas for delivery of educational and mental
health services to adults, particularly aged adults.
Format of the course will be lecture, discussion, and student
presentation. Each class member will be required to prepare a class
presentation culminating in a term paper on a topic of his/her choosing in
negotiation with the instructor. The primary purpose of the paper is to
give the student in-depth knowledge in one area of adulthood and aging. A
secondary purpose is to have the student relate that knowledge to his/her
own major area. Final product will be a paper of approximately 20 pages in
length. Students will also make a class presentation of approximately 20
minutes based on the same topic as their paper. Papers will be due on April
23. In addition, there will be short (one-page) written assignments.
GRADES will be based on the paper (40%), the two exams (25% each), and the
other assignments (10%).
Instructor: Susan J. Eklund, Professor, Counseling and Educational
Psychology; Director, Center on Aging and Aged, SRC - Room 197, 855-0815 or
Wright Bldg., 4012, 856-8328. E-mail - EKLUND@INDIANA.EDU
Time: 4:00 - 5:15 PM Tuesday and Thursday Wright Bldg.
Credit: 3 semester hours
Texts: Hayslip, B., & Panek, P.E. Adult Development and Aging. New York:
Additional required readings on reserve in Education Library.
P517 ADULT DEVELOPMENT AND AGING
SPRING 1999 SYLLABUS
(Dates not accurate but sequence of topics will remain the same)
January 13 Introduction. Explanation of course structure and syllabus.
Basic Concepts in Lifespan Development.
Video: Seasons of Life: Early Adulthood
Read: Chap. On Life-Span Developmental
Perspective by Hultsch and Deutsch. (Handed out in class).
Chapter 1 in Hayslip and Panek.
Assignment: Reflect on changes in your own
lifeduring the early adult period. Write a one-page
paper describing such changes and how they do or do not parallel those seen
in the video. To be handed in at next class.
January 15 Basic Concepts in Life-Span Development (con't) and What is
Video: Seasons of a Life: Middle Adulthood
Read: Chap. 2 in Hayslip and Panek
Demick, J. (1994) The parameters of adult
Journal of Adult Development, Vol.1, No. 1,
Beck, M. The New Middle Age.(1992) Newsweek,
December 7,1992. (Reserve)
Gallagher, W. (1993) Midlife Myths. The
Atlantic Monthly, May 1993. (Reserve)
Assignment: Reflect either on changes you
have experienced in mid-life or changes you have
observed in parents or others during this period. To what extent did these
changes parallel those seen
in the video? Write one page to turn in next time.
January 20 What do we mean by aging? How old is old?
A bio-psycho-social approach to aging.
Video: Seasons of Life: Late Adulthood
Read: Flieger, K. Why do we age? FDA
Consumer, October, 1988. (Reserve)
Rosenfeld,A. & Stark,E.(1987) The prime of
our lives. Psychology Today, May 1987. (Reserve)
Sapolsky, R. M. & Finch,C. (1991) On growing
old. The Sciences, March/April, 1991. (Reserve)
Assignment: Think about your term paper.
Scan textbooks and journals on adult development for
ideas. (Nothing to hand in this time.)
January 22 Developmental Research Methods.
Read Chapter 2 in Hayslip and Panek.
Assignment: Find one research article in
adult development or aging from journals listed at end of this
syllabus. Copy article and bring to class
next time to hand in with a one-page description of the research
methods used in the article. Which of the
approaches discussed in class today were
used in your article?
January 27 Biological Bases for Adult Development
Video: The Methuselah Syndrome
Read: Chapter 3 in Hayslip and Panek.
Can You Live Longer? What Works and What
Doesn't. Consumer Reports, January, 1992. (Reserve)
Rowe, J.W. & Kahn, R.L. (1987) Human aging: Usual and
Successful. Science, 237 : 143-149. (Reserve)
Read: Rowe, J.W. & Kahn, R.L. (1997)
The Gerontologist, 37, 433-440. (Reserve)
Assignment: Complete the Longevity
Questionnaire and be prepared to discuss next time.
January 29 Sensory Changes with Age
Slide/Tape: Simulation of Vision and Hearing
Changes with Age
Read: Chap. 4 in Hayslip & Panek.
Assignment: Observe older adults in a public setting
(such as The Mall). What examples do you see from
which you might infer sensory changes? Write a one page description of the
behaviors you see which you interpret as
February 3 Cognitive Processes: Intelligence
Read Chapter 6 in Hayslip and Panek.
Read: Chappell, M.S. (1996) Brief report:
Changing perspectives on aging and intelligence:An empirical update.
Journal of Adult Development, 3, 233-239.
February 5 Learning and Memory
Read Chapter 5 in Hayslip & Panek
Hoyer, W. J. & Rybash, J.M. (1994)
Characterizing adult cognitive development. Journal of Adult Development,
1, 7 - 12. (Reserve)
February 10 Learning and Memory (con't)
Read: Willis, S.L. Towards an educational
psychology of the older adult learner: tellectual and cognitive bases.
In J. E. Birren & K.W. Schaie (Eds.), Handbook of the Psychology of Aging,
N.Y.: Van Nostrand Reinhold. (Reserve)
February 12 The Aging Brain
Video: The Mind
Readings: To be assigned
***(Schedule appointments to discuss paper
topics. Papers due April 23.)
February 17 Brain Plasticity and Intelligence
Datan, N., Rodeheaver, D., & Hughes, F. 1987. Adult
development and aging. Annual review of psychology,
38: 153-180. (Read pages originally numbered 165-173).
Schaie, K.W., & Willis, S. 1986. Can decline in adult
intellectual functioning be reversed? Developmental
Psychology, 22(2), 223-232 (Reserve).
February 19 EXAM #1 Will cover all material to date.
February 24 Personality and Aging
Read Chapter 8 in Hayslip and Panek.
February 27 Personality and Aging (Continued)
Read: Field,D. & Millsap, R.E. (1991).
Personality in advanced old age: Continuity or change? Journal of
Gerontology: PSYCHOLOGICAL SCIENCES , 46, 299 -308. (Reserve)
Costa, P.T. & McCrae, R.R. (1994) Stability
and change in personality from adolescence through adulthood. In
C.F. Halverson, Kohnstamn, & Martin (Eds.), The Developing Structure of
Temperament and Personality from Infancy to
Adulthood, pp139 -150) (Reserve)
Costa, P.T. & McCrae, R.R. (1994) Set like
plaster? Evidence for the stability of adult
personality. In T.F. Heatherton & Weinberger (Eds.), Can Personality Change?
(Pp. 21-47). (Reserve)
Vaillant, G.E. & Vaillant, C. O. (1990).
Natural history of male psychological health, XII: A 45-year study of
predictors of successful aging at age 65. American Journal of
Psychiatry,147, 31-37. (Reserve)
March 3 Interpersonal Relationships in Adult Development:
Marriage and partnering.
Video: For Better or For Worse
Read Chapter 7 in Hayslip & Panek.
Gifford, R. Marriages in Later Life.
Generations, Summer 1986. (Reserve)
Olivero,M. Playing the Not-So-Newlywed Game.
St. Raphael's Better Health, March/April 1991. (Reserve)
March 5 Interpersonal Relationships : Parenting and
Read: Strom and Strom (1993) Grandparent
development and influence. J. Of Gerontological Social Work,
Vol.20, Numbers 1/2,3-16 (Reserve).
Larsen, D. (1991) Unplanned parenthood.
Modern Maturity, December/January 1991.(Reserve)
March 10 Work, Retirement and Leisure
Read: Chap. 9 Hayslip & Panek
TURN IN PAPER TOPIC STATEMENT TODAY - need a title and one or two sentences
explaining what paper will be about.
March 12 Mental Health and Aging
Video: Living with Alzheimer's (Grace)
Read: Chap. 10 in Hayslip & Panek
March 17 and SPRING BREAK
March 24 Mental Health and Aging (con't)
Readings: To be assigned
March 26 Mental Health Interventions in Later Life
Readings to be assigned.
March 31 Death and Dying
Read: Chap 12 in Hayslip & Panek
Sapolsky, R.M. (1994) The solace of
patterns.The SCIENCES, November/December, 1994.(Reserve)
April 2 Exam #2 (Will cover all material since previous exam)
(Remaining sessions devoted to student presentations.)
April 23 PAPERS DUE TODAY
April 31 Last class. Final student presentations and class
JOURNALS (Of particular relevance to this course)
Experimental Aging Research
Journal of Gerontology
International Journal of Aging and Human
OMEGA, The International Journal of Death and
Psychology and Aging
Journal of Adult Development
Handbook of the Psychology of Aging (Editions 1 - 4)