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You have read a brief description of the developmental stages of the family and information regarding the psychosocial crisis of generativity versus stagnation in this unit's readings.

Compare and contrast the two theories related to development in middle adulthood. Be sure to include the similarities and differences.

Apply one of the theories to someone you are familiar with, who is in middle adulthood. Describe the challenges and strengths, and how culture may influence this stage of development.

Include at least two additional peer-reviewed articles to support your post and other references used.

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Compare and contrast the two theories related to development in middle adulthood

Erik Erikson's theory of psychosocial development has similarities to Freud's stages of psychosexual development wherein both espouse that the purpose of those in middle adulthood is to develop balances in life and contribute to their communities and societies as a whole. The differences emerge between the different stages of the two theories. Freud believes that the genital stage lasts from puberty throughout the rest of the adult's life. Therefore, once a person reaches middle adulthood they are simply continuing their attempt to find the balance that will ...

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1) My question is regarding the masculinity versus femininity: showing emotions is considered a weakness? Why/why not?

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