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Adults in their middle years of development often have cultivated a comprehensive understanding of self related to their societal and cultural settings (e.g., family, work, and culture). This mature view of self includes an understanding of strengths, abilities, skills, and interests that help them to cope with their many responsibilities. Because of this, many report interest in guiding members of the younger generation to help them to gain a better understand of themselves. This is a key goal of adults in this developmental period.

Discuss how Erikson's stage of psychosocial development of generativity vs. stagnation motivates the decisions made by adults during middle adulthood.
How do roles like kinkeeper or parental caretaker affect adults' self-care (e.g., physical, social, and psychological)?
Propose strategies for helping clients who are members of the sandwich generation to protect them from physical and psychological problems because of increased responsibilities.

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The solution provides information, assistance and advise in tackling the task (see above) on the topic of Erikson's Psychocial Stages of Development, with a particular focus on the generativity vs. stagnation stage in terms of the motivation, the roles taken in that particular stage and the experience of the sandwich generation as kinkeepers, including strategies that can help them cope. Resources are listed for further exploration of the topic.

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Dear Student,
Hi. This particular task is all about Erikson's life stages theory - stage 7. Essentially this is very much like the previous life stages task but now we are focusing on Erikson's theory. So, how should we tackle the problem? I suggest being to the point and concise. This outline should cover what you need:

1. Erikson's Stage 7 - what is this stage about? 150 words
2. On Kin keeper and Parental caretaker's impact/effects - 150 words
3. Strategies for the 'sandwich generation' - 150 years

You can use the listed resources to further explore the topic. Good luck with your studies.

AE 105878/Xenia Jones

Erikson's Stage 7 - Middle Adulthood

This particular stage is labelled by Erikson as the stage of 'generativity vs. stagnation' wherein individuals from ages 40 to 65 cope with the conflict of being relevant - of being a parent, a nurturer, a carer - guiding the next generation and looking out for the older generation, one's elders and parents that looked after you vs. the notion of stagnating - of drowning in responsibilities and being unable to nurture, develop and become relevant to the younger generation (kids - now young adults) and to the older generation (parents - now in their twilight years). Essentially, this stage is about ascendance and relevance, effectiveness and triumph in the workplace. By this age the individual would have become far more successful in an undertaken career, perhaps reaching the zenith of professional growth. This is where creativity and hard work in the years prior is rewarded (i.e. a long-term loyal and hardworking employee is rewarded with recognition and awards as well as a high position in the company) which means better income. Personally; however, as parents, they are the 'guiding' light to their own children, now in their late teens or young adulthood. Their guidance as well as financial, moral and emotional support is essential in looking out for their kids, to 'guide' them towards stability via education and parental mentorship, for example. But just as they are responsible for their children - they are also responsible for their own parents who are in their twilight years with their own set of needs - old age would have rendered new difficulties for ...

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