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ERIC Number: ED010696
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1966-Aug-8
Pages: 19
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ADULTS IN TRANSITION.
SCHLOSSBERG, NANCY K.
THERE IS A LACK OF THEORY AND EMPIRICAL KNOWLEDGE CONCERNING ADULT DEVELOPMENT BETWEEN THE AGES OF 30 TO 60. THE POSTULATE THAT THIS PERIOD IS CHARACTERIZED BY STABILITY IS QUESTIONED. EXPLORATION TAKES PLACE ALL THROUGH LIFE. ITS QUALITY AND FOCUS MIGHT CHANGE, BUT THE PROCESS IS THE SAME. DEVELOPMENTAL MODELS COULD PROVIDE A MORE COMPREHENSIVE BACKDROP AGAINST WHICH TO EVALUATE PEOPLE IF THEY WERE CYCLICAL RATHER THAN LINEAR. A STUDY OF MALES-IN-TRANSITION, THOSE WHO REFUSE TO "STAY-PUT," MIGHT GIVE US CLUES TO BETTER UNDERSTAND THOSE WHO CAN AND THOSE WHO CANNOT TRANSFORM, CHANGE, AND PROGRESS. CURRENT MODELS OF HUMAN GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT ARE NOT DESIGNED TO EXPLAIN CHANGE AND GROWTH. THE MISSING LINK IS THE PERSISTENT TENDENCY TO BECOME MORE FIT, MORE COMPETENT. THE NEED TO FEEL COMPETENT IS SELF-PROPELLING AND A POSITIVE EXPRESSION. COMPETENCY MUST BE CONSIDERED AS A CENTRAL CONCEPT IN UNDERSTANDING ADULT DEVELOPMENT, VIEWED IN A SOCIAL CONTEXT, AND INCLUDED IN DEVELOPMENTAL MODELS. TEN HYPOTHESES UPON WHICH TO BUILD RESEARCH ARE PRESENTED. TO FOCUS RESEARCH ON ADULTS-IN-TRANSITION WAS PROPOSED AS A BETTER WAY TO UNDERSTAND THE PROCESS OF ADULT DEVELOPMENT. THIS PAPER WAS PREPARED FOR PRESENTATION AT THE CONFERENCE ON THE TRAINING OF COUNSELORS OF ADULTS (CHATHAM, 1965). (RM)
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