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The Developmental Life Span of Gretchen Zajac

By gzajac
  • Prenatal Development & Birth:

    Prenatal Development & Birth:
    Born a healthy weight with no complications during the delivery. Social structure of a family in place, parents are married and an older sibling present. Mother takes time off work, bonding begins immediately.
  • Period: to

    Developmental Life Span

  • First Two Years - Cognitive

    First Two Years - Cognitive
    Habituation takes place at 6 months, I become bored with my toys, and show interest in only new objects.
  • First Two Years - Biosocial:

    First Two Years - Biosocial:
    Began walking at 11 1/2 months.
  • First Two Years - Psychosocial

    First Two Years - Psychosocial
    Temperament becomes apparent, I am similar to my father and do not appear to be shy around strangers.
  • Play Years - Biosocial

    Play Years - Biosocial
    Lateralization apparent. Usually picks up toys and food with left hand. Also kicks foam ball with left foot instead of right. Left handidness is present in grandparents and mother.
  • Play Years - Cognitive

    Play Years - Cognitive
    Preoperational Intelligence. I am unable to understand my parents logic when they explain how sleeping works. I am sure that I don't sleep, but just close my eyes and open them a while later. This also shows static reasoning, or an assumption that the world is unchanging.
  • Play Years - Psychosocial

    Play Years - Psychosocial
    Self-concept becomes apparent. I am hoping that the new baby is a girl, like me. And am very dissapointed when I learn that I have a new baby brother instead of sister. Dissapointment only lasts a day.
  • School Years - Biosocial

    School Years - Biosocial
    Selective attention changes considerably. I enjoy learning to read, and become fascinated with books. My first grade teacher tells me to stop reading in class.
  • School Years - Cognitive

    School Years - Cognitive
    Reversibility becomes part of my thinking. Before third grade, I wouldn't let my food touch other food on my plate, but now I understand that the food is the same whether or not it touches the vegetables.
  • School Years - Psychosocial

    School Years - Psychosocial
    Begin social comparing with peers. Become upset when I realize that I don't play soccer competitively like the other girls.
  • Adolescence - Biosocial

    Adolescence - Biosocial
    Growth Spurt. Reach my adult height of 5' 7''. Muscles become stronger, my soccer game improves because of it.
  • Adolescence - Cognitive

    Adolescence - Cognitive
    Imaginary Audience. Difficult integration into high school, I constantly feel like all eyes are on me, becoming very worried about my appearance and body image.
  • Adolescence - Psychosocial

    Adolescence - Psychosocial
    Parental Monitoring ends. After graduating from high school, I move away to start college, and my parents are no longer in the same supportive role.
  • Emerging Adulthood - Biosocial

    Emerging Adulthood - Biosocial
    Homeostasis. My body is in top form, with all my physiological systems being well regulated. I run my first trail marathon during college, and finish in about five hours.
  • Emerging Adulthood - Cognitive

    Emerging Adulthood - Cognitive
    Postformal thought. I gradually become better about planning my college schedule, and taking into account my other obligations. Ability for time management increases.
  • Emerging Adulthood - Psychosocial

    Emerging Adulthood - Psychosocial
    Vocational Identity. I graduate college, and leave the United States for my job; the new position takes up all my time, and becomes the center of my identity.
  • Adulthood - Biosocial

    Adulthood - Biosocial
    Senescence. Gradual physical declines are apparent by wrinkles, especially in the facial skin around the eyes, but the decline in health is very slow, and I am able to run another marathon.
  • Adulthood - Cognitive

    Adulthood - Cognitive
    Selective Expert. I tend to specialize in several activities that are very meaningful to me; I enjoy talking about Public Health projects, and learn all that I can about well building and providing clean water.
  • Adulthood - Psychosocial

    Adulthood - Psychosocial
    Linked lives. Although I live far away from my family (more than 2,000 miles) we still share major events in our lives, and my whole family arrives for my wedding.
  • Late Adulthood - Biosocial

    Late Adulthood - Biosocial
    Ageism - I suspect I will have problems being judged as incompetent because of my age, especially because I will be working in health care which requires constant learning and education.
  • Late Adulthood - Cognitive

    Late Adulthood - Cognitive
    Control Processes become impaired. I will probably have trouble with memory retrieval like all my grandparents.
  • Late Adulthood - Psychosocial

    Late Adulthood - Psychosocial
    Dynamic Theories. I continue to seek education and change throughout old age. Despite being at the end portion of my life span, I still regularly get books from the library and continue travelling when I'm able.
  • Death and Dying

    Death and Dying
    End of Life. My heart stops. Life continues for my family as they enter the grieving process.