SOCIOEMOTIONAL SELECTIVITY THEORY

In old age, contacts with family and long-term friends are sustained until the eighties, when they diminish gradually in favor of a few very close relationships. In this discussion we will explore these concepts further. As you create your discussion post, consider the following: • Have you ever noticed relationships with family members changing as they enter into late adulthood? What types of social support are available for individuals in late adulthood? ________________________________________ By the end of this discussion, you will be able to: • Describe changes in social relationships in late adulthood, including marriage, gay and lesbian partnerships, divorce, remarriage, cohabitation, and widowhood. ________________________________________ Complete the following: Discuss the changes that occur in social relationships in late adulthood, including marriage, gay and lesbian partnerships, divorce, remarriage, cohabitation, and widowhood. According to the socioemotional selectivity theory, when time is limited, adults focus on the emotional quality of their social relationships. How do elders apply their emotional expertise to attain this goal? Be sure to include in your response information from the textbook or other psychology-specific sources. NOTE: TEXT BOOK USED IS DEVELOPMENT THROUGH THE LIFESPAN BY BERK, LAURA.

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