What are some of the typical changes in the adolescent-parent relationship from early to later adolescence? What are the cultural expectations about the level of autonomy that should be achieved during this time? How are changes in the adolescent-parent relationship linked to going away to college or living at home while attending college? What about later adolescents who do not go to college? How might their relationship with parents change during this period?
EARLY ADULTHOOD: Discuss your reactions to the problems of isolation presented in the text. How might each of these affect marital stability? Why do so many people in the United States get divorced? What do you consider to be the most compelling of these reasons? Then, apply your understanding of the developmental tasks and psychosocial crisis of early adulthood to the design of interventions that might help prevent divorce during the early years of marriage.