In our society, you are an adult at 18. Do you feel that 18-year olds are cognitive, physical, and emotionally ready to make adult decisions and choices? Explain.

Identify the cognitive and socio-emotional changes that occur in adulthood.
1. Regarding Schaie’s theory of cognitive development, describe the five stages of how people use information.
2. What benefits do you see in comparing adults in stages, not ages?
3. Identify the cognitive and socio-emotional changes that occur in adulthood.
4. In our society, you are an adult at 18. Do you feel that 18-year olds are cognitive, physical, and emotionally ready to make adult decisions and choices? Explain.
5. In exploring these stages of cognitive development — good job synthesizing Schaie’s Theory — which stage(s) can be maximized within the therapeutic alliance that translates into growth? The presentation of the stages could be considered as stand-alone experiences — if so, what is the potential influence on therapeutic goal setting? Are these fixed stages with boundaries that are not crossed as people develop? Is there a means by which acquisition in one stage can be manifested across stages?

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