Objective 11-5 Adulthood’s ages & stages “Midlife crisis” • People in their forties enter a midlife transition—the process of coping with the realization that they will soon find their life mostly behind them. • Research indicates that general dissatisfaction, divorce, anxiety, and suicide do NOT surge during the early forties. Age & Adulthood • Age not a trigger of life crises, rather life events such as illness, divorce or job loss. • The “social clock”—the societal standard for the timing of marriage, child-rearing, retirement, etc. relative to one’s life—differs among cultures. Chance & Life Events • Life events signify transitions to new phases of adulthood. The “social clocks” remain, but people are straying from them more frequently due to such events becoming increasingly unpredictable. • Chance occurrences such as romantic attraction may heavily influence adulthood.