The period of developmental transition -- launched by puberty -- is discussed. Adolescence spans the ages of twelve years to eighteen to twenty-one years, depending on the theorist and various state policies.

Discussion includes a focus on adolescent physical and mental health; adolescent rites of passage, worldwide; personal and social problems; cognitive development; the influence of high school; psychosocial development; theories regarding adolescent development; gender identity and role issues; the influence of parents and peers on adolescent development.


Discusses the late adolescent and early adult years and the lingering on of adolescence.  This is a new developmental period recently added to the lifespan based on the lifestyles and nuances of adolescence.


Discusses the adult period from  twenty-one to forty-five years of age, or thereabout. Includes a discussion of the characteristics of adulthood; a description of activities young adults are engaged in; their experiences with stress; the status of their health; cognitive and moral development; personality development and decision-making capabilities; college preparation and career possibilities; relationships and parenting.

Middle adulthood discusses the years from forty-five to seventy-five -- now considered the middle adult years. A presentation is made of the new perspectives on middle adulthood, from the ongoing research by MIDMAC and others. This includes a discussion of the so called "mid-life crisis" and new interpretations of what this means. Also includes a discussion of physical and cognitive changes, productivity levels, wealth accumulation, and starting families with first time pregnancies in middle adulthood.


Includes a discussion of the growing population of mature adults, sometimes called the aging or elderly population. Discusses the old and new perspectives about "aging." Also discusses longevity and aging and the new projections on the average lifespan; physical and cognitive development; theories regarding developmental tasks; biological theories of aging; psychosocial development and issues; retirement issues and planning for retirement; the spiritual side of aging; and, approaches to successful aging.


Discusses old and new perspectives on dying and death, including discussions of near-death experiences, euthanasia, assisted suicide, chronic illnesses, hospice and more.