While human development is a process that occurs over the life span, adult development refers to the specific changes in biological, psychological, and interpersonal realms from the end of adolescence until the end of life. Some characteristics noted in adult development are not solely present during adulthood; however, the aspects highlighted in association with adult development seem to suggest that certain dimensions are most distinct during the adult years as compared to other ages and stages of life. This entry examines the various aspects and components associated with adult development, including adult development paradigms, stages of development, and various life tasks associated with adulthood.

Theories of Adult Development

Adult development can be conceptualized in several ways. Some prefer to categorize adult development based upon age or stage ...

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